New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez committed an election gaffe by failing to receive signatures needed for her spot on the Working Families Party ballot line. Though the blunder will likely not affect Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s odds of winning her seat again in the upcoming fall election, the incident comes amidst rumors of internal issues in her campaign.
According to The New York Times, Ocasio-Cortez will not appear on the Work Families Party ballot in either the Democratic primary or the general election after failing to collect the 15 required signatures.
Though the minimum is generally higher, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reduced the number of necessary signatures by 30 percent in an executive order signed earlier in April. The emergency law sought to give relief to political campaigns during the state lockdown orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has made New York City the biggest COVID-19 hotspot in the world.
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