March 11th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Delivering a solution to Florida's primary woes

 A revote by mail in Florida could cost about $6 million, and no one knows who would pay for it.
A revote by mail in Florida could cost about $6 million, and no one knows who would pay for it.

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) - Is the answer for Florida's primary woes in the mail?

A mail-in ballot is one option being considered to solve the quandary facing state and national officials trying to figure out what to do with the state's discounted primary election.

The problem began last year, when Florida and Michigan challenged Democratic party rules and moved their primaries to earlier in the year. That gamble, aimed to make their contests more relevant, backfired in a big way.

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soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. JD in AZ

    The voters in MI and FL didn't ask for the primaries to be moved up. Why should they not get to vote because of the state party?

    And considering Obama will most likely need the super delegates to win I don't really think the people have clearly said they want him. 700,000 vote lead out of about 26,000,000 total votes isn't a huge amount.

    March 11, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. kelly WI

    If they give them the delegates in FL and MI they have to raise the delegate count back up to 2208. No sense in giving them 50/50. Would be a wash and in the same spot they are now.
    Is it just now dawning on the writer of this article that "it has backfired?" Good grief, us peons knew that when the s.... hit the fan.
    Forget it. Live with it. Enough fraud in the elections the way it is.

    March 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Paul

    All that I know anymore in this political landscape is that I will NEVER under any circumstances vote for a ticket with Obama as any part of it.

    March 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Steve H minneapolis

    If we remove there delegats of the top of 4025 divide that by 2 you get 1830 as half way let them decide who they want as delegats and seat them. However 1830 is half way some one will make before the convention So the DNC gets what they want and the two states get seated. Nice comprrmise

    March 11, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. kay, dc

    this shows how out of touch those people in washington are...

    the people have spoken.

    They have said they want BOTH Obama and Clinton. the margins are so close.. The democratic party should make sure to put both of them on the same ticket and let the primary decide who's on top.

    March 11, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. SHERYLANNE

    IN FLORIDA, THEY SHOULD COUNT THE VOTES AS THEY STAND. ONCE OBAMA PUT CAMPAIGN ADS ON TV HE WAS CAMPAIGNING. HE LOST; END OF STORY.

    MICHIGAN SHOULD RE-VOTE AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PAY FOR THIS.

    PUNISH THE ONES WHO CREATED THIS MESS NOT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE INNOCENT!

    March 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. jeff

    If Florida and Michigan don't find a solution and a solution that comes as close as possible to expressing the will of the people, then ding....ding...ding....game over!!! We all lose. You stupid fools saying we have to follow the rules....When in politics on either the Republican or Democratic side, or that matter, any time in our history, has a political party completely played by the rules. They know if they did, they would always lose. So lets all stop drinking the kool-aid, start thinking with our heads, and find a solution to this....otherwise, ding...ding...ding...we all lose........

    March 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. map

    The easiest thing would be for John Edwards to officially endorse Obama, and to give him his delegates.

    Then Obama and Hillary would be just about tied in Florida.

    In Michigan, "uncommitted" votes could then be divided between Edwards and Obama, the two candidates who removed their names from the ballot. If Edwards then gives his support and delegates to Obama, it would be Clinton 55 % Obama 40% – not a big enough delegate lead to make a difference.

    Obama has such a lead that if these two states end up changing the outcome, it would destroy the party. If they do not redo the vote, many voters will feel disenfranchised. Edwards could silently and gracefully step in just to keep the peace and quickly resolve this issue.

    March 11, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Dee

    Dave.. I agree with you. Nothing wrong with speaking the honest truth and you hit the nail right on the head.

    March 11, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Belle

    Obama supporters sure seem nervous about a mail-in vote. One registration number, one vote. No problem. Let as many people as possible have their say, unlike a caucus.

    March 11, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. You ALL sound dumb

    has anyone heard Sen Obama speak on this.. no because the media is taking his side FOR him

    He needs them to revote but knows he wont win.. If he looks like he's suppressing the votes then he wont win anyhow in the general.

    Mississippi will not vote Democratic. Not even if Jesus himself were running. Get over the idea that Obama would win Red states in the election. Just because there are 36% black and they are ALL registered democrats doesn't mean he can win over 50% of the votes. The reason his campaign is even looking promising is the UNDEMOCRATIC caucus system where you can scream over your opponent. If we had ALL primaries then Hillary would have been the nominee since Iowa, with or without Oprah.

    March 11, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Andy

    Obama is as much a "uniter" as George Bush. REPUBLICANS DONT LIKE HIM EITHER!

    March 11, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Chris, Middletown, CT

    or.....they could have to live with the consequence of deciding to vote early....ya think?

    March 11, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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