City Councilman Bill de Blasio is back on the ballot.
The candidate for public advocate was restored to the Democratic primary ballot Tuesday afternoon by an 8-0 vote of the city Board of Elections commissioners. One commissioner abstained, citing his presence on the subcommittee that voted last week to remove Mr. de Blasio because of an error on his petitions’ cover sheet.
The Brooklyn councilman’s attorney, Henry Berger, said that in his 35 years practicing election law in New York, he had never seen a case like this one. State election law is notoriously arcane and has resulted in many candidates being bounced from the ballot, but never a major candidate for a citywide office.
“It was certainly unusual, a little bit disturbing, but we got it straightened out,” Mr. Berger said. “That’s the bottom line.”