Various New York Politics Blogs Publish Misleading Information about Bernie Sanders’ Ability to be on New York Democratic Presidential Primary Ballot

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News (via Rick Hasen):

Several New York politics blogs and publications have recently said that Bernie Sanders is in danger of being kept off the New York presidential primary ballot because he is not a Democrat and the Democratic Party has the power to keep non-members off its presidential primary ballot. Here is the article in Power Line; here is the article in Gothamist.Here is the CapitalNew York story.

The articles are incorrect. The Wilson-Pakula law does not pertain to presidential primaries. The Wilson-Pakula law, sec. 6-120, does keep non-members off the primary ballots of parties (unless party committees approve letting them on), but it only relates to offices for which nominations are made. No state’s presidential primary nominates a major party’s presidential candidate. Only the party’s national conventions do that. The candidates in New York Democratic presidential primaries are individuals running for Delegate to the national convention.

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One response to “Various New York Politics Blogs Publish Misleading Information about Bernie Sanders’ Ability to be on New York Democratic Presidential Primary Ballot

  1. RDS

    THANK YOU for posting the truth on this. I’ve read bogus stories about this so many times my brain is about to explode.

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