Bernie Sanders demands that New York restore democratic presidential elections because of the corona virus
Bernie Sanders demanded on Wednesday that New York overturn its decision to cancel the state’s presidential election in June, as the state is still hardest hit by the corona virus and Joe Biden became the supposed candidate earlier this month.
Although Sanders has suspended his campaign, making Biden the only active remaining candidate, the Vermont Senator claims that completely abolishing the election will weaken the fight for a more progressive platform and rules at the Democratic Convention in August.
“This is an outrage, an attack on democracy and should not last,” Sanders said in a note to supporters on Wednesday afternoon.
Sanders, 78, also claims that his campaign, by suspending and not ending the move, was designed to allow people to vote and express their preferences to delegates, regardless of who was the frontrunner before the their states’ first elections were held.
“No one has asked New York to cancel the election,” said the Democratic Socialist and former Democratic candidate. “The DNC has not asked for it. The Biden campaign has not asked for this. And our campaign communicated very strongly that we wanted to stay on the ballot.
Bernie Sanders demanded on Wednesday that the New York State Election Commission continue to hold its June presidential election after the state announced that it would cancel the primary election by removing all names except Joe Biden from the vote
Sanders, who has suspended and has not ended his campaign, has launched a petition urging supporters to urge New York to restore elections while stripping the state of its deputies
Sanders’ insistence came when Andrew Yang, a fellow former Democratic presidential candidate, filed a lawsuit against the New York Election Council for canceling the election
He then shared the link to an online petition urging the Democratic National Committee to fire New York from its deputies until it announced the re-election of June.
“Tell the DNC: Remove New York from its delegates if they cancel their presidential primaries,” the website reads where supporters can sign the petition.
The move to start the petition is because former ex-Democratic candidate Andrew Yang, 45, filed a lawsuit against the New York State Board of Elections for canceling primary elections there.
New York is the state most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 18,000 deaths, accounting for about 30 percent of total deaths in the United States – and as of Wednesday morning, there are nearly 300,000 cases in the state.
The state said it canceled elections in late June due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Yang says it is a form of “voter repression.”
“Continuing the other elections and canceling the Presidential Primary Defendant NYS BOE will suppress … Voter turnout because voters will be less likely to vote if they cannot vote for the highest office in the country “and thereby adversely affect challenger candidates,” the process reads in part.
The cancellation could affect a new rule that only guarantees that delegates will vote in the first vote in the nomination process.
If no candidate reaches the 1991 delegates needed to win the nomination outright, the super-delegates can vote for the ballots and choose the candidate they want.
With 1,428 deputies to date, Biden has not yet earned the amount it takes to win the nomination outright, and New York has a whopping 274 committed deputies up for grabs, who in theory would automatically go to Biden if elections weren’t kept.
Sanders has 952 deputies and was still able to technically validate the nomination – although he has already thrown his support behind Biden and failed to earn the promised deputies needed to become the Democratic candidate.
The progressive senator also said the move to cancel the presidential primaries is another move “to take away progressive votes in these elections.”
“At a time when all of us, including Joe Biden, are deeply concerned about Donald Trump’s attacks on our democracy, we must fight back against this action in New York State,” Sanders wrote to supporters. “If states violate the DNC party rules regarding delegate selection, they may lose their ability to send delegates to the convention.”
New York initially held its primary election on June 23 and has 274 deputies up for grabs, who would automatically go to Biden if the elections don’t go ahead as planned
The Election Commission says it canceled the primary because New York is dealing with the worst hit by the corona virus. Pictured: People are waiting in line to receive free food during the pandemic
While Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur, did not earn any delegates and quit the race in February, he is still suing New York for canceling the election.
Yang, along with seven New Yorkers who served to serve as Yang deputies for the Democratic National Convention, filed the lawsuit Monday.
It argues that Yang’s name should not be removed from the ballot paper because they had met the requirements for inclusion.
New York effectively canceled the state primaries when the two Democratic Commissioners voted this week to remove every candidate except Biden from the ballot.
The board stated that no other candidate is actively seeking the chairmanship.
Sanders and Yang both suspended their campaigns, but wanted to remain on the ballot papers.
Sanders says he has done this to continue receiving delegates to the national convention, to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August – a month later than originally planned.