AAI Statement on the New York Democratic Presidential Primary

Posted on April 28, 2020 in Press Releases


CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto


(202) 429-9210

April 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Earlier this week, the New York State Board of Elections canceled the Democratic Presidential Primary, which was re-scheduled for June 23, 2020. The Arab American Institute (AAI) requests the New York State Board of Elections to reconsider this decision. This undemocratic decision would silence the voices of nearly 20 million New Yorkers.

In statements to the press, the New York State Board of Elections pointed to the COVID-19 epidemic as the basis for this decision. However, New York state will go forward...

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The Political Toll of COVID-19

Posted on April 04, 2020 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

The COVID-19 crisis is taking a human and economic toll everywhere across the U.S. An additional casualty may be what it does to our political parties and our electoral processes, which were already struggling in a weakened state and may not survive the onslaught of this crisis.

Take, for example, the news that the Democratic Party decided to move their national convention from mid-July to mid-August because of concerns with COVID-19. Since the danger of contagion will not have passed by then and it still won’t be safe to bring tens of thousands together...

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