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On Tuesday, New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigned from his post after being

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On Tuesday, New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigned from his post after being

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On Tuesday, New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigned from his post after being indicted by the Department of Justice for allegedly conspiring to funnel illegal contributions to his failed 2021 bid for New York City comptroller.

You might assume, with the general election still almost seven months away, that this means there is no chance Benjamin — who is not campaigning for lieutenant governor — would be on the ballot this fall, much less emerge victorious. But you would be wrong.

Thanks to quirks of New York state law, removing Benjamin from the ballot for New York’s June 28 primary is extremely difficult.

Gov. Kathy Hochul, who was Andrew Cuomo’s lieutenant governor before he resigned amid scandal, is running for reelection independently of Benjamin in what is likely to be a low-turnout primary where many voters may not know or care about his arrest. But New York fuses the two nominees together into a single general election ticket.

“Thanks to New York’s rather archaic election laws, it’s difficult to get off the ballot once you have made it on — even if you don’t want to run anymore,” City & State NY, a magazine covering local politics, explained. “Generally speaking, the only way to get off the ballot is if someone dies, they move out of state or they get nominated for another position.”

Under New York law, once you qualify for the ballot — in this case, the ballot for the Democratic primary — you have only four days to decline to appear on it. The state party designated Hochul and Benjamin as its gubernatorial ticket at the state party convention in February, meaning the window for Benjamin to decline has passed.

According to the City, a NYC news website, “There is already talk of asking Benjamin to resettle in Georgia or Virginia to get him off the ballot.” It sounds simple, but Benjamin’s felony corruption charges make that task much less feasible

The only remaining option to remove candidates from the ballot is to switch them to run for a different office. The most common means of doing that is with a judicial nomination — a loophole that parties have long exploited in the state.

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✍️: Yahoo News
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