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DC Council to Consider Sanders' Place on Primary Ballot

The District's primary is on June 14

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    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, speaks to guests at a campaign rally at the Grand Theater on April 3, 2016 in in Wausau, Wisconsin.

    D.C. lawmakers will take up legislation Tuesday intended to ensure that Bernie Sanders will be on the ballot for the city's Democratic primary.

    Sanders' campaign paid a fee to the city's Democratic Party to get on the ballot, but the party didn't submit paperwork to the D.C. Board of Elections until the following day, one day after the filing deadline, as News4's Tom Sherwood was first to report. A local Democratic activist filed a challenge arguing that Sanders had missed the filing deadline.

    D.C. Democratic Party chairwoman Anita Bonds said the party accepts filing fees after the elections board is closed for the day and historically has handed in paperwork the next day.

    The Council will consider a bill on Tuesday to clarify that the party has a 24-hour grace period.

    The District's primary is set for June 14.