Sanders Faces Challenge To New Hampshire Ballot Eligibility
New Hampshire’s Ballot Law Commission will take up a challenge to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ eligibility for the Democratic primary ballot. His filing has been challenged because of his longtime status as an independent.
The state's filing paperwork requires a candidate to declare as a registered member of whichever party he or she is running in. The complaint, filed Thursday, claims Sanders is ineligible because he has never been elected as a Democrat. Sanders declared himself a Democrat while filing to run last week.
The Sanders campaign says it is confident he meets the requirements. He caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate and has the backing of the New Hampshire Democratic Party to run in the primary.
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