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NY Democratic presidential primary upheld

May 20, 2020 1:15 pm
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics a federal appeals court this week upheld New York's Democratic presidential primary on June 23, ensuring the vote will be held. The state Board of Elections will not appeal the decision, Commissioner Douglas Kellner said in a statement. “Commissioner [Andrew] Spano and I have decided not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court so we can focus all of our attention on the daunting tasks of managing the primary election in a way that minimizes the risks to the public and to election workers, while we continue to urge the voters to take advantage of Governor Cuomo’s executive orders to permit the widespread use of absentee ballots during the public health emergency," Kellner said. The state Board of Elections moved to cancel the primary after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race, leaving former Vice President Joe Biden as the presumptive Democratic nominee. That decision was challenged in federal court by former presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in April, approved an executive order to send every eligible voter an absentee ballot application, and signed an order for no-excuse absentee balloting. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.