A federal judge ordered the New York State Board of Elections to rescind its decision to cancel the state’s June 23 Democratic primary.

U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres ruled that canceling the election would be unconstitutional and deprive withdrawn presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang of proper representation at the Democratic National Convention.

“The judge made the right decision,” Tracy Mitrano, the Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District, said.

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Mitrano had urged the Board of Elections to reconsider its original decision, stressing that democracy is more important than ever at this time.

The board canceled the primary after Sanders withdrew from the race and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden earlier this month.

“I think it’s really important now that he’s decided to endorse Vice President Biden… to respect what he has done for the conversation about politics in this country and to respect the energy and enthusiasm of his supporters,” Mitrano said in an interview before the Torres ruling. “He requested that the primaries continue in his name in order for him to have a strong standing at the convention to advance the ideas that has energized so many people.”

Mitrano will challenge Republican incumbent Rep. Tom Reed in the November election.

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