Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court against the New York State Board of Elections for its decision to cancel the state Democratic primary because of the coronavirus outbreak, CBS News reports.
Yang was joined in the lawsuit by seven other New York residents, all of whom had filed to serve as delegates for him at the Democratic National Convention.
"This unprecedented and unwarranted move infringes the rights of Plaintiffs and all New York State Democratic Party voters, of which there are estimated to be more than six million, as it fundamentally denies them the right to choose our next candidate for the office of President of the United States," reads the lawsuit.
It argues that Yang never asked for his name to be removed from the ballot after he fulfilled all the necessary requirements, and that in doing so, the board is "disenfranchising hundreds of persons" and “suppressing voter turnout,” which hurts lesser-known candidates.
The primary was originally scheduled for April 28 and moved to June 23, the date when local and congressional elections are still set to be held, because of the outbreak.
"I think that it's time for us to recognize that the presidential contest is over," Doug Kellner, chairman of the state Board of Elections, said in a statement on Monday. Former Vice President "Joe Biden is the only candidate and therefore, he has effectively won the New York primary."
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