March 7th, 2008
12:06 PM ET
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Puerto Rico Democrats look to move up June vote

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(CNN) – The Democratic Party of Puerto Rico has submitted a revised plan to the Democratic National Committee that would move its presidential nomination contest from June 7 to June 1.

The proposed plan would also change the contest from caucuses to a primary.

“This is an important mark in the political history of Puerto Rico,” said Roberto Prats, the territory’s Democratic party chairman, according to an account in the Spanish-language paper El Nuevo Dia.

The move would not become official until the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee approves the new plan after a 30-day comment period.

If approved, the shift would make the Montana and South Dakota primaries on June 3 the final Democratic contests of the 2008 primary season, if Michigan and Florida do not hold repeat votes after that date.

A DNC spokeswoman confirms to CNN that the party has received the revised plan, and that the date change is likely to be approved, though official action won’t be taken for at least a month.

There are 55 pledged delegates at stake in Puerto Rico, and 8 superdelegates. Puerto Rico Republicans held their presidential nominating contest on February 24.


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  1. change1

    IS BILLARY SCARED OF THE CAUCUS IN PUERTO RICO? I BET THEY ARE INVOLVED IN CHNAGING THE RULES AGAIN. WHEN WILL AMERICA EVER GET THIS? WHEN YOU DON'T ABIDE BY RULES IN A SIMPLE CONTEST AS THE PRIMARIES, HOW CAN YOU ABIDE BY THE CONSTITUTION?–SO MUCH FOR A PRESIDENT. AND JUST FOR THE RECORD, STOP USING YOUR GENDER AND OUR CHILDREN AS A FEAR TACTIC! RUN ON TRANSPARENCY, ETHICS AND CIVILITY. THE WORLD IS WATCHING, BEHAVE!

    March 7, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Wait a minute, how come Puerto Rico has more delegates than Wyoming, and many US states?

    March 7, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. California Independent

    Yes, they have noticed what a joke caucuses are and have decided to have a primary. Duh.

    March 7, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Tom,des moines

    Awesome! let get rid of caucuses and have a primary instead. Go Hillary 08!

    March 7, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. TomCat

    Oh, let me guess HRC made some phone calls. Why the change from a caucuses to a primary? I guess HRC has power all over the world... Canada, Puerto Rica etc.

    March 7, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. After further review,Texas

    It gets worse than a bad Woody Allen movie.lol.Lets have them all the same day and get it over with.Its drawn out so big media can make more money.

    March 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. uchujin

    Someone please explain why Puerto Rico even gets to count at all. They refuse statehood every time it comes up and yet they receive benefits as though they are American citizens, or am I misinformed? Seems to me they should be thankful they have any vote at all.

    March 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. clarity

    Good idea – it'll make room for the Michigan and Florida primary-redo's.

    March 7, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Roz, IL

    if it's going to cause the same issues as with FL & MI, please don't.

    March 7, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Nader not looking so bad...

    Good for them! I think everyone should move up to the earliest possible date. Everone votes on the same day, everyone is as relevant as the next, and in one day we have the candidate. Any reason not to do it that way?

    March 7, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. CB

    Hey Puerto Rico, what's the real reason for changing the date and the contest from a caucus to a primary? You don't have any electoral votes, you are exempt from IRS taxes, ineligible to vote in presidential elections and have repeatedly voted down full US statehood. So, what's the deal? If you are changing the game down there for mischief, give it a rest. There’s enough going on in the continental U.S. without mischief from one of the U.S. Commonwealth's.

    March 7, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. ABG

    Caucuses are rediculous! There is too much probability of the voting not being fair. Why do the Democrats have to make things so hard? Straight primaries please!

    March 7, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Austin, Texas

    change1,

    This election season has shown just how undemocratic a caucus is. I live in Texas. over 2 million people voted in the primary, and a fraction voted in the caucus.

    I would urge all caucus states to move to a primary. Primaries are run all day. Estimated times 9am – 7pm. At any point, someone can take 10 – 15 minutes of their day to vote.

    In a caucus, you have to rearrange your schedule around it. You have to be at the caucus at a certain time (Usually late afternoon). You have to stay for at least 2 hours while you are counted. This is frustrating and it leaves alot of people (Those who have to work, children, etc.) out of the process.

    No offense, but a caucus win really doesn't say alot to me. It just means that your supporters were actually able to show up at the designated time.

    March 7, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. JOHN

    To answer Darth Vadik's quetsion Puerto Rico has a larger population thats why they have more delegates. Small island with a lot of people. I personally belive they should not get to vote until the are granted statehood, which they should be.

    March 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Leslie

    To Darth,

    You mean we finally get to vote after fighting in US wars for more than 100 years?

    March 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    Darth Vadik, CA:

    Puerto rico is part of the U.S. (people, please be informed before posting comments, thank you)

    March 7, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Stop the crying!!!

    EXCUSE ME!!! I have been reading these bloggs for weeks. Obama supporters are the cry babies. When they were losing they whinned hard and loud. Get over it. This is a fair fight to the finish. And it's not over. You all cry foul if you think Clintin is going to win, You get foul mouthed when Obama wins. Let the two candidates do what they have to do. It's called politics. You are a bunch of hateful 20 – 30 year olds. And your used to getting your own ways. Face reality and grow up. Go John McCain!!!!

    March 7, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Derrick

    Why does Puerto Rico even have a say? If you don't want to be a state, you don't want to pay federal taxes, and you don't want to contribute to the country, then you don't get to decide how we run the country.

    March 7, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. yns

    Why are the people of Puerto Rico even voting when there are not even a state? That goes for all those other places that are not official states of the United States! What is it with this?

    March 7, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. George from Minneapolis

    The wheels are in motion to steal the election from Obama. He had better not sit back and allow this thing to be stolen from him.

    March 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. NYC, NY, New Yorker

    uchujin, Derrick

    You got to love the obama bots. Trying supress Puerto rico . When they know that Virgin Island voted and other us terroties voted also. If they didn't know they proablly need get a re-education.

    March 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. yolanda major

    Austin, TX

    "It just means that your supporters were actually able to show up at the designated time."

    Isn't that the point, whether it's a caucus or primary!

    March 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Obama 08

    Another one for Obama. It's getting quite clear why Obama should be the nominee.

    March 7, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Barb Canada

    Caucuses should be banned, From everything I have read on what they involve, it's ridiculous! The fact that a primary and caucus can be held in the same State with 2 different results is very telling as to it not being very representative of the people! I think at this point the DNC would allow anything, heck why not double the delegate count! At this point who would care....flip a coin....mud wrestle... sounds like they are open to ideas!

    March 7, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. SMARTEN UP!

    Carl,

    That's actually pretty ignorant of you. Have you ever even been to Puerto Rico? The majority of the people DO speak English, ya know!

    March 7, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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