Bernie Sanders’ DC primary eligibility in jeopardy

The Washington, D.C., Democratic primary may leave Hillary Clinton running unopposed due to a what appears to be a clerical error committed by District of Columbia Democrats.

Ahead of the June 14 primary, both the Sanders and Clinton campaigns paid the $2,500 registration fee to appear on the primary ballot in the District.

However, the Washington, D.C., Democratic Party did not forward registration material from either campaign to the District’s Board of Elections until one day after the March 16 deadline.

When news surfaced of the late registration, a Washington, D.C., Democratic voter filed paperwork to challenge Senator Sanders’ appearance on the ballot.

Despite both Sanders’ and Clinton’s paperwork failing to reach the D.C. Board of elections on time, no suit challenging Clinton’s appearance on the June 14 ballot has emerged.

Hillary Clinton maintains an edge in polls leading up to the June primary.

“We did what D.C. law requires in order to get Bernie on the ballot, and we are confident he will be on the ballot,” a Sanders spokesperson told NBC affiliate News-4.

Addressing what has been called “a minor administrative dispute,” Washington, D.C. Democratic chairwoman, Anita Bonds, said the matter will be cleared up and the Vermont senator’s name will be on the ballot.

Bonds stated the issue can be resolved through an emergency vote in the Washington, D.C., City Council, but she intends to include a “clarification” in city rules to allow a grace period over the registration error.

 

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