March 13th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Florida Dems closer to voting solution

(CNN) - After the state was stripped of its delegates for changing the date of its primary, Florida's Democratic Party has proposed a combination mail-in vote and in-person election on June 3.

"The plan would be inclusive of all Democratic voters," according to a memo of the draft plan obtained by CNN that was sent to party leaders, including candidates Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean. (Read full memo [PDF])

The estimated cost of the proposal would be between $10 million and $12 million, according to the memo which was sent to party leaders Wednesday night.

Florida voted on January 29 and Clinton won with 50 percent of the vote, compared with 33 percent for Obama.

Neither candidate campaigned there, though Clinton held a few permitted fund-raisers.

The Florida Democratic Party knew ahead of the primary that its delegates would not be counted because it violated party rules by scheduling the vote too early.

With Clinton and Obama locked in such a tight battle for delegates, Florida could play a key role in determining the Democratic nominee.

Florida Democrats in Congress came up empty-handed Tuesday as they searched for a way to let the state's voters help choose a Democratic presidential nominee.

Both a mail-in vote and a primary do-over were proposed, but political leaders have been unable to reach a consensus.

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soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. jumpinugly

    She needs all the help she can get at this point. The "first" primary was a sham. Of course she won't agree to split the delegates. It will only put her more deeply in a hole. It's a joke.

    March 13, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Yola

    No 50/50 split

    March 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    A disaster and a dozen lawsuits just waiting to happen.

    March 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Brenda

    If Florida and Michigan gets to vote again what will stop republicans from going in and voting? They could really mess it up big time for the democrats.

    March 13, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Yeswecan

    Note over and over again is not a solution. Voters voted, let the vote count!

    March 13, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Arya

    Is it not possible to just have mail in primary for the people who did not vote the first time and just add those votes to the ones already voted, Obama campaign's main argument has been people did not show up for vote as they thought the election was not counted, now give them a second opportunity. I think this is fair and will cost much less.

    March 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Robert

    Let the vote's that have already been cast count. Then Hillary will be winning the delegate count and not Obama.

    Also, why are CNN and MSNBC avoiding the fact that Obama's so called preacher was making political comments from the pulpit. It is against the law and very newsworthy....but not a mention of it.....It just goes to show there bias for Obama.....they will protect him at any cost.

    I am sure that the moderator will stop my comments as he or she does every single time I try to post. CNN is so liberal and biast. They are discriminating against me because I am white, I think.

    March 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |

    It was very clear without a doubt the rules were broken and the Florida and Michigan votes would not count. Afterwards, Hillary Clinton knows she won and now she wants the votes to count...................Thatss Very Childish!

    March 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Florida

    Whatever happens the results from the first primary NEED to be thrown out. People in Florida were told their vote would not count, so why would they bother going to the polls? The first vote should have no bearing on the actual election since many many people didn't think it would and hence ignored it.

    March 13, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Ram

    For a long time, Florida maintained this equation:

    'Election in Florida' = Mess.

    That trend is being sustained. I am predicting this inperson + mail voting process will create more questions than answers. And its going to hurt democats.

    March 13, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. lb

    Let's ask the voters what they want – 1) a do over or 2) replenish state budget of 10-15 mil that would be expended for a "redo", earmarked for schools, jobs, housing, etc.

    March 13, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Larry Buchas

    Floridians have been their Rpublican Governor.

    Incidentally, all this is about Florida. Whatever happened to Michigan?

    March 13, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Kevin

    MI and FL votes should be counted, DEM need find the right way to do it. If MI and FL votes are not counted, DEM will lost general election, whatever who is the nominee. If it is money problem, DEM's supporters can help. DNC chairman Dean should resign if he can't solve this problem. I'm a Hillary supporter, I hope Obama supporters can understand this situation.

    GO Hillary 08!!!

    March 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. p.g.

    Democrats need to win Florida & Michigan in November. It benefits both Hillary and Obama to have voters voices heard. The democratic party leaders need to fix this problem SOON.

    March 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Andrea

    It appears quite odd that a "state" would proceed with something like this knowing the DNC did not approve. It appears there was a great deal more to it than they can disclose. We are only being told what they want us to know.

    March 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    They had better come up with a solution! Law suits! Law suits!

    March 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. John

    Obama still trying to find a way to win. They have already voted, and
    now, they want to give Hillarys wins to the media darling. Just wait, if by a miracle Obama manages to steal the nomination, you will see the media tear him apart, because they want McCain to br prez, and Obama will not stand a chance. The media also knows that McCain cannot beat Hillary Clinton who is the best choice for prez.

    March 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Angela

    If the DNC are willing to accept a re-vote then they are essentially bending the rules to allow FL and MI to count. Why, why can't they bend the same rules and find a way to count the votes that are already on the books so to speak and save 10 – 12 million dollars.
    Put another way, isn't hosting a re-vote against some OTHER party rule???
    Scratching my head in wonder.

    March 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Marta K

    There's no big secret (re your post earlier). Florida has a Republican Governor who approved the early voting because it suited the Republican Party. The Florida Democratic Committee was offered the alternative of holding caucuses later in the year rather than suffer the consequences of changing the Primary date (presumably not having delegates seated) but they declined and agreed to the early date. Our state Party leaders need to be held accountable for this.

    March 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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