A party error has reportedly left Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders off of the Democratic presidential primary ballot in Washington, D.C..
Although both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ campaigns submitted the required registration fee of $2,500, a reporting error bu the local Democratic Party has left Sanders in the cold.
The Washington Post reports:
The registration deadline was March 16, but the party did not send the board Mr. Sanders’ registration information until the 17th, according to the affiliate. As a result of this error, Mr. Sanders’ eligibility to appear on the ballot is being contested.
Confusion appeared to reign late Wednesday over just what happened and whether it could be fixed.
D.C. Democratic Party Chairwoman Anita Bonds told The Washington Times that the party’s primary plan, which included the paperwork for all candidates, was submitted by 7 p.m. on the 16th, per the rules of the Democratic National Committee. But the D.C. Board of Elections offices closes at 4:45 p.m.
An after-hours email from The Times to a spokesperson for the election board seeking clarification of the confused issue was not immediately returned.
The Sanders campaign said in a statement that it had followed the rules and expects his name 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,” communications director Michael Briggs said.