It is being reported in Washington D.C. that Bernie Sanders’ name may not be included on the primary ballot in June. It’s due to a technicality which has forced election officials to leave the Vermont Senator off the ballot until after a decision is made in a hearing.
According to local NBC WRC-TV, both the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns submitted the $2,500 registration fees in time but the Democratic party did not notify the D.C. Board of Elections by March 16 deadline. Now, there is a D.C. resident challenging Sanders’ candidacy.
Uh,oh. May need special DC Council vote to put Bernie officially on June 14th ballot bec DC Dems submitted his name a day late. Developing.
— Tom Sherwood (@tomsherwood) March 30, 2016
Basically, both names were provided by the Democratic party late – but because Bernie’s is the one being contested a hearing is required for the challenge and to determine if the candidate will be included.
The Associated Press is reporting that the challenge has been raised by a man named Robert Brannum who posed the challenge on March 24, a day after the list of candidates was posted on the D.C. Board of Elections website. Mr. Brannum is the former president of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations.
Anita Bonds, the D.C. Democratic Party chairwoman told CNN:
Bernie will be on the ballot.”
The chairwoman says the committee has always permitted the delivery of names the day following the deadline and the only thing that is different this year is that someone decided to challenge Sanders.
She also has a plan B. She says she will be submitting a “clarification” for the city rules that will allow for a 24-hour grace period after the filing deadline, which will then allow Sanders on the ballot. Because, changing the rules after the fact is always looked upon favorably.
Ok, so all of that is well and good. Sanders will likely be on the ballot in D.C., however, in such a volatile election one has to wonder – why didn’t the party make sure they have all their ducks in a row? There is far too much on the line to have a candidate risk disqualification because of something as easily avoided as a missed deadline.
Come on, people! We can’t afford these kinds of screw ups! Get your shit together Democratic Party. This is ridiculous.
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