Bill passes to guarantee Sanders' place on DC primary ballot

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Posted: Apr 05, 2016 5:39 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders will appear on the Democratic primary ballot in the District of Columbia after lawmakers approved legislation clarifying that he met the filing deadline.

A mix-up between the city's Democratic Party and its elections board had left open the possibility that Sanders would be left off the primary ballot. Sanders paid a fee to get on the ballot, but the party didn't submit paperwork to the elections board until the day after the deadline. That led a local activist to file a challenge arguing that Sanders should be left off the ballot.

The District's primary is June 14, the last one before the Democratic convention.

The D.C. Council approved a bill Tuesday that guarantees Sanders' place on the ballot, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser says she'll sign it.