In a lawsuit brought by former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a lawyer representing New York state argued on Monday that the cancellation of the state’s Democratic presidential primary did not harm candidates, like Yang, who are no longer seeking the party’s nomination. Assistant AG Matthew Conrad also said that forcing the state to hold the contest, which would have taken place in June, would be dangerous because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The state will be required to deploy thousands of election workers who will be interacting with numerous members of the public in the midst of what is still an unprecedented public health crisis in the nationwide epicenter of that crisis,” Conrad said. “They’re very simply demanding that the lives of New Yorkers be put at risk for the stake of an uncontested election.”
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