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Federal Judge Orders Sanders, Others To Be Reinstated On New York Primary Ballot After Gov. Cuomo Cancelled It

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has pretty much wrapped up the nomination. With no one left in the race, he’s just waiting to officially reach the delegate threshold required by the Democratic National Committee.

But things just got a little interesting for Democrats — especially for those hoping there’s some sort of last-minute plot to choose another candidate besides Biden.

Roughly two months ago, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo canceled the state’s primary amid fears of people being exposed to the coronavirus while in large crowds at the polls.

But despite these circumstances, a federal judge ruled the primary election cannot be canceled and that Cuomo’s action was unConstitutional.

The Hill reports:

A federal judge issued a ruling Tuesday requiring New York to hold its presidential primary in June and restore Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other former presidential contenders to the ballot.

The ruling from Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York, an Obama appointee, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) decision to scrap his state’s primary violated the First and 14th Amendment rights of White House contenders who have since ended their campaigns.

“The Court concludes that Plaintiffs and Plaintiff-Intervenors have shown a clear and substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their claim that the Democratic Commissioners’ April 27 Resolution removing Yang, Sanders, and eight other Democratic presidential candidates from the ballot deprived them of associational rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution,” Torres ruled, referring to entrepreneur Andrew Yang, another former presidential candidate who filed the lawsuit against New York.

Cuomo announced in April that he was canceling New York’s presidential primary after Sanders dropped out of the race.

However, Sanders has said multiple times that he plans to remain on upcoming primary ballots to win more delegates.

He’s doing this so that he can work towards influencing the party’s platform at the Democratic National Convention.

Torres wrote in her opinion that she agreed with concerns that canceling the state’s primary could disenfranchise New York voters.

“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, but also deprived their pledged delegates of the opportunity to run for a position where they could influence the party platform, vote on party governance issues, pressure the eventual nominee on matters of personnel or policy, and react to unexpected developments at the Convention,” she wrote.

“And it deprived Democratic voters of the opportunity to elect delegates who could push their point of view in that forum,” she added.

This has already been a disastrous month for Biden.

The former vice president has already faced mockery for his shortlist of vice presidential candidates.

Biden is also facing serious allegations from Tara Reade, who recently came forward and accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 while she worked for him when he was serving in the U.S. Senate.

The Republican-controlled Senate Homeland Security Committee is also looking into Joe’s son, Hunter, and his business dealings in Ukraine.