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UPDATED: Thursday, March 31 5:00 PM EST

NBC News is reporting that the D.C. Council will hold an emergency vote to put Bernie Sanders‘ name on the Democratic primary ballot after “the district’s Democratic Party submitted registration paperwork a day late and a voter filed a challenge.

From NBC News:

The D.C. Board of Elections ruled that the board could not certify Sanders for inclusion on the June 14 primary ballot because the local Democratic party submitted his name, as well as Hillary Clinton‘s, one day after the legally binding deadline, sources told the television news outlet. 


D.C. Council Member-at-Large Anita Bonds, who is chairwoman of the D.C. Democratic Party, is preparing emergency legislation to clear up the issue. The vote could occur as early as Tuesday.


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was left off the ballot for the upcoming Washington, D.C. primary because of a registration error by the district’s Democratic Party, but the chairwoman is confident the candidate will appear on the slate, reports CNN Politics.

“Bernie will be on the ballot,” Anita Bonds told the cable news outlet:

Her comments come after NBC 4 in Washington reported the local Democratic Party filed paperwork for Sanders a day late to the Washington Board of Elections and a challenge was filed against Sanders. It’s the first time Bond said she has heard of a candidate being challenged.

Sanders is also confident his name will appear on the ballot.

“We did what the D.C. law requires in order to get Bernie on the ballot and we are confident he will be on the ballot,” Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said Wednesday.

The Sanders campaign — as well as the other candidates, including Hillary Clinton and developer Rocky De La Fuente — paid $2,500 to the D.C. Democratic Party, which then delivered the filings to the Board of Elections.

Bonds explained to CNN that the party’s deadline comes a few hours after the Board of Elections closes, so the staff usually delivers the filings the next day. The only thing that changed this time was that someone challenged Sanders.

Bonds, who also serves on the D.C. City Council, said she would submit a “clarification” in the city rules that would allow a 24-hour grace period after the filing deadline, putting Sanders on the ballot, CNN reports.



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