New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Saturday he is pushing back the state’s presidential primary due to concerns over the coronavirus.
The primary, which was set to happen on April 28, will now be held on June 23.
“I don’t think it’s wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote,” Cuomo said at a news conference. “A lot of people touching one door knob, a lot of people touching one pen, whatever you call it ? device on the ballots. So, we are going to delay that, and link it to an election that was previously scheduled on June 23.”
One potential problem for New York, however is that, June 23 is after June 9, the Democratic National Committee cutoff date for states to hold nominating contests. States that move outside the window could face a penalty of up to a 50% reduction in delegates.
New York has the second-most delegates of any state with 274. Louisiana and Kentucky have also moved their elections outside the approved window.
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