Volunteers dial into New York to register voters for Sanders

Volunteers across the United States are coming together in an effort to register New Yorkers to be able to vote for Sanders in the primary.

An online group is signing people up to call independent voters in New York who would be ineligible to vote for Bernie Sanders in the primary unless they changed their affiliation to Democrat.

The group says it has so far dialled almost 2000 voters in New York, and hopes to reach tens of thousands more before the deadline in just 25 days.

“Similar to the official campaign, we’ve been really amazed at how quickly volunteers reached out to us and signed up to phone bank. The volunteer base has grown much more quickly than we ever expected,” Erika said, who is helping to organise the effort.

“It’s been an amazing experience being able to work with such a diverse group of volunteers who have all come together to help us counter the negative impact of the early New York deadline.”

New York has a closed-primary, like many other states, however voters have until just October 9 to register as a Democrat to vote for Bernie Sanders in the primary.

Though Sanders was born in Brooklyn, he is up against Hillary Clinton, who resides in and represented the state of New York in the United States Senate for eight years.

Clinton’s campaign headquarters are also in New York.

If you’re living in New York and believe you are registered as an independent, or with a party other than the Democrats, you need to change your voter registration now. You can find out more about how to do that here.

If you would like to volunteer to ring voters in New York, you can sign up here.

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