Democrats have a problem looming on the horizon.
TheÃ‚Â Democratic National Committee (DNC)Ã‚Â punished Michigan and Florida for holding their primaries earlier than allowed by refusing to award any delegates for those contests.Ã‚Â They were right in doing so. But now that the majority of the convention delegates have been selected the DNC needs to work out a solution to allow delegates to be awarded to these two large states. The process needs to be fair. Awarding delegates from the non-sanctioned contests would run counter to fairness.
In Michigan, only Hillary Clinton’s nameÃ‚Â was on the balllot. The only other choice those voters had was uncommitted.Ã‚Â It cannot be presumed that all the uncommitted votes would have gone to Barack Obama, and it cannot be presumed that if other names were on the ballot that Clinton would have won as many votes.
WithÃ‚Â Florida, none of the candidates campaigned in the state, and it is likely that many voters did not show up because they knew their votes wouldn’t count towards delegates.
The LATimes reported today on the real possibility that the 796 Super Delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be the deciding factor in the selection of the Party nominee. This makes resolving the matter of Michigan and Florida delegates even more important.
The Democratic nomination appears poised to come down to the 796 party insiders, who are free to vote for whomever they choose. The delegates’ importance depends on Florida and Michigan.
By Peter Wallsten and James Rainey, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
February 9, 2008
WASHINGTON — In a year that has seen Democratic voters flock to the polls but produce two evenly matched candidates, some party leaders are becoming alarmed that the process for deciding an eventual winner is in disarray, and that the decision may come down not to ordinary voters but to the group of 796 insiders known as “super delegates.”
Contributing to the tension is a continuing battle over the roles of Florida and Michigan, which were stripped of their participation in the party’s national nominating convention due to a fight with the Democratic National Committee over the primary election calendar.
Now, with the prospect that neither Hillary Rodham Clinton nor Barack Obama will win a clear majority in the delegate count, a discussion is reemerging over whether voters in those states should return to the polls and help pick the nominee, voting this time in an election formally sanctioned by the party. Click Here for the entire LATimes story.
The DNC needs to come up with a way to award delegates to Michigan and Florida.Ã‚Â They need to do it fairly, and they need to do it soon.
Send an email to Howard Dean at the DNC and urge him to work with party leaders to resolve this matter before the Democratic National Convention in August.