New York state lawyers raised an appeal in a court to allow 23 June primary presidential elections without the presence of voters and poll workers. They are supporting this point to reduce the risk of exposure of voters as well as election workers to Covid-19.
In their written arguments, the Attorney General Letitia James and Senior Assistant Solicitor Judith N Vale opposed the statement of a judge to include the presidential race on the ballot when former VP Joe Biden is experiencing no opposition in his run.
In his clarification, the US District Judge Analisa Torres called the elimination of the Democratic presidential primary unconstitutional. The stance came after withdrawn candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang called it an attempt to weaken their standing at the Democratic Convention.
According to the judge, the primary elections scheduled to take place on June 23 will happen as usual because the state can easily prepare for every arrangement to carry out the elections in a safe manner. In their response, James and Vale said that over 4,600 additional election workers will be required for this work.
And they also cited the vulnerability of election employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to this, the lawyers said that there aren’t sufficient staff members available as lots of them are busy with COVID-19 related issues.
Moreover, the appeal lawyers said that it is difficult to create sufficient safe pole sites at present. Citing the changed rules of the state legislature, they declared that the elimination of the presidential primary fully constitutional.