Federal injunction reinstates NY primary after Yang lawsuit; Sanders, others back on ballot

 Federal injunction reinstates NY primary after Yang lawsuit; Sanders, others back on ballot


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 19: Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) former tech executive Andrew Yang, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg,  former Vice President Joe Biden and Tom Steyer greet each other during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Seven candidates out of the crowded field qualified for the 6th and last Democratic presidential primary debate of 2019 hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

After New York’s Board of Elections canceled its Democratic presidential primary on April 27, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders—who’d suspended his own campaign on April 8, but intended to stay on primary ballots and amass delegates he could then leverage at the Democratic National Convention this summer—and his supporters made their outrage known. The very next day, former presidential candidate and New York resident Andrew Yang led the charge in a federal lawsuit contesting the cancelation of the primary, on the basis of voter suppression. Also, in New York, voters aren’t just voting for candidates, they’re also choosing which delegates represent them at the Convention, which the cancelation effectively denied them. Yang was joined in his lawsuit by seven would-be Yang delegates. 

On Wednesday, Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York filed an immediate primary injunction, placing Sanders, Yang, and eight other candidates back on the ballot.

Under a new state law slipped into a budget passed just days before Sanders suspended his campaign, the Board of Elections was permitted to scrub the ballot of all candidates with “suspended” campaigns, leaving just former Vice President Joe Biden. Previously, those candidates would have remained on the ballot.


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