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Demand the Board of Elections keep presidential candidates on the ballot

On Monday, New York state election officials may kick our erstwhile presidential candidates – such as Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang – OFF the primary ballot. This is an attack on small-d democracy. Please call the State Board of Elections at (518) 474-6220 and ask them to keep all candidates on the ballot.

The Presidential, Congressional, and State Senate/Assembly primaries, plus five special elections, will all be held on June 23. Without the Presidential vote as a draw, and given the pandemic, turnout will likely be low. This unduly favors incumbents and candidates preferred by party leaders.

The state faces a fiscal crisis right now that will only deepen over time. Deciding who will represent us when it comes time to consider deep budget cuts or new taxes should be done by more voters, not less.

Please call the New York Board of Elections at (518) 474-6220 and ask them not to remove candidates from the primary ballot. New York’s two Democratic election officials, Board of Elections Co-Chair Douglas Kellner (douglas.keller@elections.ny.gov) and Commissioner Andrew Spano (andrew.spano@elections.ny.gov), are due to meet on Monday to discuss the matter. Kellner is inclined to remove the candidates, but Spano says he’s “torn.”  The decision must be unanimous. Please call today.

RepresentUs NYC does not endorse any specific candidate, but we do believe every New Yorker should have a chance to vote for their preferred candidate. If you have any questions, please write us at repusnyc@gmail.com.

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