The Democratic commissioners of the New York State Board of Elections decided today to remove all of the candidates who had dropped out of the presidential primary from the ballot and – since that left only Joe Biden – cancel the primary, awarding 100% of New York’s Democratic delegates to Biden’s slate. The rationale given was that in parts of the State with no local Democratic primaries it would be an unnecessary cost to the State and a risk to public health to hold an election whose outcome was already determined.
Personally I feel this sets a dangerous precedent. It has the potential to depress turnout in down-ballot races and leave supporters of the other candidates jaded and unenthusiastic about defeating President Trump in the November general election. Furthermore the potential costs and public health risk would all have been mitigated if New York State had moved towards an effective universal vote-by-mail system, something we should have done years ago.
Nevertheless the top priority is defeating Donald Trump and building on Democratic victories in Congress. If you are interested in helping out with phone banking and/or door knocking efforts for Democrats in competitive States between now and November sign up for my email list and keep a lookout for volunteer opportunities starting in the next few weeks.
We here in the 76th Assembly District still have a competitive race for the Democratic nomination for Congress on June 23rd and so will be having a primary regardless of the BOE’s decision. In order to avoid potential COVID-19 exposure at the poll sites the Governor issued an order allowing any voter to request an absentee ballot regardless of personal circumstances. If you would prefer to vote by mail print, fill out, and mail this form, selecting “temporary illness or physical disability,” and a ballot will be mailed to you.