Federal Judge Rules New York Must Hold Primary Elections on June 23

Federal Judge Rules New York Must Hold Primary Elections on June 23

A federal judge has ruled that New York Democrats must reinstate the Democratic presidential primary election that was stated to be held on June 23, overturning the cancellation of the election announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The suit was brought by Andrew Yang, a former candidate, who dropped out of the race long before the pandemic that has brought most of the country to a halt has even started.

Yang stated that canceling the elections fundamentally denied voters “the right to choose our next candidate for the office of the president of the United States.”

Although Gov. Cuomo sought to cancel the elections because no other candidate but former VP Joe Biden remained in the race, Judge Analisa Torres ruled on Tuesday that the decision to cancel the vote was unconstitutional and that all qualified candidates as of April 26 must be on the ballot.

“The removal of presidential contenders from the primary ballot not only deprived those candidates of the chance to garner votes for the Democratic Party’s nomination,” the Judge wrote.

 (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

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