Stronger voice for NY North Country Democrats in deciding presidential nominee

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Next year, Democrats in New York’s North Country will have a stronger voice in deciding who their party should nominate for president.

The New York State Democratic Committee has pushed back its primary day next spring by ten days. from where it fell on the calendar in 2016. It’ll now be on April 28th.

Because of how late in the primary schedule that date is, New York will have 25% more delegates at the 2020 Democratic National Convention than it had in 2016. It’ll have more delegates than any state but California.

“I think it’s a good thing because so many of the dates are before this, so it may help whittle the field, and so New Yorkers, especially people in the North Country, will actually get to vote on a person who will be the eventual candidate,” New York State Democratic Committee member Kimberly Davis said. Davis is also the Clinton County Treasurer.

If you’re already registered to vote, but not as a Democrat, you also have extra time to decide to vote in the Democratic primary.

The state Democratic committee passed a new rule today, letting you vote in April if you switch your party affiliation at least 60 days ahead of time. Until today, that deadline was about six months in advance.

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