Florida And Michigan Delegates Get Full Voting Rights

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Florida, Michigan

All’s well that ends well…

The actions, taken during a meeting at the host city’s Colorado Convention Center, put a final touch to a long-running and bruising dispute over the decisions by officials in both states to hold their presidential primaries in January, in violation of Democratic National Committee (DNC) scheduling rules. The DNC initially barred all of Michigan’s and Florida’s delegates from the convention, then in late May allowed all of the state’s delegates to attend, but with a half-vote apiece.

California Rep. Barbara Lee , a member of the Credentials Committee noted that she and many others agreed with Obama’s support for the resolution to help unify the party.

“I think this is a very fair and just resolve, and I’m very pleased and excited that Florida and Michigan will be seated with full voting rights,” Lee said.

Delegates such as Mark Miller from Kalamazoo, Mich., agreed the decision was necessary so as not to “demoralize” delegates and other representatives from his home state.

“Symbolically, the restoration of the full vote does mean a lot to people,” Mark Bubriski, Obama’s Florida Communications Director said prior to the expected vote outcome. “It enables Democrats to put that behind us and move on to what’s most important, which is electing a Democratic president.”

Now then, let’s get some primary reforms in place so next time there aren’t messes like this, agreed?


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One Response to “Florida And Michigan Delegates Get Full Voting Rights”

  1. kranky kritter Says:

    Justin, this “end” is purely cosmetic. These delegates were not given “full” rights until after it was ascertained via backroom agreements that they would not swing the outcome.

    During the whole time when there was any worry that these delegates might be able to affect the outcome, their rights were denied. That’s a problem.

    You’re right to suggest it needs fixing. The DNC actions regarding the early voting states created a big embarassment. They ought to fix this, but they probably won’t. The right thing to do is let the states decide when they want to have their primaries, since its the states who PAY to have this primary. Instead, the DNC will do what it can behind the scenes to help avoid a 2012 repeat of the 2008 brinksmanship. But not if it means ceding any authority whatsoever to the states.

    I’d love to see some plan involving rotating dates that let the primary spotlight be shared, instead of hogged by NH, Iowa, and so on. But I seriously doubt its going to happen. The even bigger embarrassment SHOULD be the insider baseball of the caucuses, of whose workings I can guarantee 95 or more out of 100 Americans has no understanding. But that’s also likely to chug along merrily due to apathy and inertia.

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