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State BOE to appeal primary decision

May 07, 2020 5:30 am
Chris Sommerfeldt is reporting for the New York Daily News New York election officials announced May 6. they will appeal a federal court ruling requiring them to hold the state’s Democratic presidential primary. The appeal will kick start what could be a lengthy court battle. The commissioners and co-chairs of the state Board of Elections filed a brief in Manhattan Federal Court stating they will bring the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals with the intention of canceling the June 23 primary. The Board of Elections last month canceled the primary citing public health reasons, saying it would be dangerous to hold it as planned because of the coronavirus pandemic. Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang filed a lawsuit over the cancellation. Federal Court Judge Analisa Torres ruled May 5, the primary had to be reinstated. Torres found the cancellation was unconstitutional and could set a chilling precedent for future elections. The judge also noted the state has already taken public health precautions, including allowing all New Yorkers to vote by mail. Read the full story in The Daily News.
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