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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