Sanders, other candidates must be restored on New York ballots, primary must proceed in June, says a federal judge

A US judge has ruled that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and other qualifying Democratic candidates be restored to New York’s ballot, overturning a move by election officials to cancel the state’s presidential primary outright.

A ruling from US District Judge Analisa Torres on Tuesday ordered New York to “reinstate to the democratic primary ballot those presidential and delegate candidates who were duly qualified as of April 26, 2020, and to hold the primary election on June 23, 2020,” according to court documents.

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BREAKING - A federal judge has restored @BernieSanders to the New York ballot in the June 23rd primary! #BernieOnTheBallot

A vote from the New York Board of Elections last month shuttered the state’s presidential primary – the first state to do so, though 16 others have postponed voting to later dates – with the board arguing the vote would present too much danger amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Given that former Vice President Joe Biden remained the only candidate running, some board members also said the primary would be moot as “there is no real contest.”

Sanders’ restoration on the ballot prompted cheers from the self-avowed socialist’s followers, some taking shots at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his “lackeys” on the state election board for trying to “cancel an election and make up the results themselves.”

Zohran Kwame Mamdani
As much as @NYGovCuomo and his lackeys at the state Board of Elections want to, they can’t - in fact - cancel an election and make up the results [email protected] is back on the ballot in New York. It will be the honor of my life to share it with him when we win.

Gary Grumbach
Replying to @GaryGrumbach
Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Michael Bennet, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick and Tom Steyer are now on the New York presidential primary ballot

The decision to cancel the primary came soon after Sanders withdrew his campaign, endorsing Biden for the Democratic nomination. But the senator said he wished to remain on the ballot to accrue delegates in hopes of having influence over the party’s platform, issuing a statement calling the move “an outrage,” an attitude reflected by many of his supporters.

Bernie Sanders
Our campaign statement on the New York State Board of Elections decision to cancel the state’s presidential primary:

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