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New York Changes Election Rules to Combat Spread of Virus

March 19, 2020, 1:22 AM

New York on Wednesday moved up the deadline for candidates to file petitions to run in state and federal primary elections because of the coronavirus outbreak.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed into law a measure requiring candidates to submit their petitions by Friday instead of by April 2.

Lawmakers passed the legislation (S.8058/A.10151) earlier in the day. The state Senate voted 56-0 and the Assembly vote was 118-12.

Under the new law, there will be no option to file an “opportunity to ballot” petition; such petitions allow political party members to circulate petitions to write in...

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