Bernie Sanders Assails New York’s Decision to Cancel Its Primary
New York canceled its June 23 presidential primary in response to the coronavirus pandemic, citing a state law that permits the vote to be called off if the races are uncontested.
Bernie Sanders’s campaign said the decision was an “outrage,” and called upon the Democratic National Committee to reverse it.
Sixteen states and one territory have postponed votes or moved to mail-only ballots, but New York is the first state to cancel its primary altogether. It was initially slated to hold the vote on April 28 but that was postponed until June by Governor Andrew Cuomo in late March. State election officials said they decided to call off the election to protect public health and because Joe Biden was unopposed for the Democratic nomination after Sanders’s withdrawal from the race earlier this month.
Sanders has endorsed Biden, but wants to stay on the ballot in the remaining primaries to rack up delegates for influence at the convention.
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