New York Cancels Its Democratic Presidential Primary Because Of Coronavirus

The state of New York is canceling its Democratic presidential primary on June 23, a move that quickly drew anger from supporters of Bernie Sanders even though he has dropped out of the race.

The Democrats on the state Board of Elections voted unanimously on the move on Monday, after Sanders’ name was removed from the ballot. Earlier this month, Sanders suspended his campaign and endorsed Joe Biden, effectively ending the Democratic race for the nomination.

The outside counsel for the Sanders’ campaign urged the Board of Elections to keep Sanders on the ballot, arguing that it would “undermine the Democratic Party’s interest in self-governance and unification.”

When he exited the race, Sanders said that he would continue to amass delegates, a move widely viewed as a way to have increased leverage in crafting the party platform.

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“Senator Sanders has collaborated with state parties, the national party and the Biden campaign, to strengthen the Democrats by aligning the party’s progressive and moderate wings,” the attorneys’ letter said. “His removal from the ballot would hamper those efforts, to the detriment of the party in the general election. The Board should exercise its discretion to avoid such interference.” The letter was obtained by HuffPost.

Our Revolution, an organizing group supporting Sanders, suggested that because there will be no primary, there will be a challenge to New York’s delegates at the convention in August.

“New Yorkers should be pissed. They may not get credentialed at the convention,” read a tweet by the group.

But the election commissioners argued that by canceling the presidential contest, they were minimizing the risks to poll workers and voters in the midst of a pandemic. Polling places still will remain in areas of the state that will still have competitive contests in congressional and state races.

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