March 13th, 2008
05:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Florida's Dems reject mail-in primary plan

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CNN) - Florida's Democrats in Congress rejected Thursday a plan for a combined mail-in and in-person primary election to let the state regain its 210 national convention delegates.

The plan, floated earlier by state party officials, would have set the combination vote for June 3 in an effort to replace delegates lost when Florida moved its primary ahead of the approved time frame.

"After reviewing the party's proposal and individually discussing this idea with state and local leaders and elections experts, we do not believe that this is a realistic option at this time and remain opposed to a mail-in ballot election or any new primary election in Florida of any kind," read a statement released Thursday afternoon by the states Democratic congressional delegation.

Under the state party's plan, fund-raising and public comment would begin immediately.

"The plan would be inclusive of all Democratic voters," according to a memo accompanying the draft plan that was sent Wednesday night to party leaders, including Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the party's candidates for the presidential nomination.

Any plan would need the blessings of the DNC and the Clinton and Obama campaigns.

"We really believe that all Floridians deserve to be heard," said state party Chairwoman Karen Thurman, but "if this is not what the people of Florida and our presidential candidates want, then we're not going to do it."

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soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Kaye

    Oh my god...I'm moving anywhere that isn't called "Florida". Our elected officials at the state and federal level are pathetic. State legislators moved the primary with Gov's blessing. Now, they cry "foul". Congressional House delegation says "No re-vote!". Well, this is another fine mess the politicians have gotten us into....don't blame the DNC, they've been clear from the get-go. Florida made it's bed in the prickle patch – now we can lay there and scream but no one should pity our "unheard voices"....we asked for it.

    March 13, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. Doug in Orlando, Fla

    Ya think she made racists statements? She is just a person giving an opinion. Talking racism to obama or his supporters is like preaching to the quire, wait it is the preacher preaching to the quire. Obama yelling race foul is so freakin funny it is pathetic. He has been at a church for 20 years listening and supporting a rev. that says god d@@@ america. The good rev has also said our government feeds drug to black people, what a joke. And that we should not lock people up for the 3 strikes. 20 years with this man. To me it explains the Michelle Obama statement "for the first time I am proud of this country". Oh and the icing on the cake is he said(the rev) that we are responcible for 9/11. I think everyone needs to look at Obama's preachers teachings. The fruit doesn't fall from the tree.

    March 13, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Jerry of PA

    Yes, but the pledged delegates of FL should be seated. Obama has said they should be and I agree. The only fair way is a 50-50 split.
    As far as the superdelegates, that can be open for discussion. They should go with the candidate with the most pledged delegates. At present Obama is up at least 160 pledged delegates.
    If everything was reversed, everyone would be asking Obama to drop out and rally the party around Hillary. The show is over. Lets just redo Michigan in April (without repeat Republican Primary voters) and crown Obama after he wins.

    March 13, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. BK

    Florida votes should have counted as is. I'm still looking for the headlines about Obama's racist preacher. He really hates white people.

    March 13, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Old Dave

    This is a simple case of the DNC in FLA being a bunch of sore losers and whining about doing it again. They should take their medicine and shut up.

    March 13, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. Albo

    SUMMARY:

    1) IF A RE-VOTE HAPPENS, IT CAN BE ONLY IF APPROVED BY BOTHCAMPAIGN. iF NOT, IT WOULD BE ILLEGAL AND REVERSABLE IN COURT

    2) UNDER THE GIVEN CONDITIONS, A CREDIBLE MAIL-IN VOTE IS
    IMPOSSIBLE, SUBJECT TO FRAUD AND ERRORS, AND THEREFORE EQUALLY REJECTABLE IN COURT

    3) THERE IS NO FUNDING SOURCE IN SIGHT for ANY RE-VOTE

    4) IT IS OBVIOUS THAT HILLARY IS REALLY NOT INTERESTED AT
    ANY RE-VOTE. ALL THIS THEATER IS ONLY A INTENT TO SEAR THE
    FLAWED DELEGATES VOTED IN JANUARY BOTH IN MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA, WHICH WOULD BE AGAIN EVEN MORE ILLEGAL

    5) SHOULD A RE-VOTE HAPPEN, IT WOULD, GIVEN THE PERSPECTIVES SHOWN BY THE OPINION POLLS, RENDER A DELEGATE SHIFT OF MAXIMAL +/- 15 , THERFORE ALL SAID THEATER WOULD BE TOTALLY MEANINGLESS , AFTER MANY
    MILLIONS $ SPENT !

    ALBO

    March 13, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Jay Ludke

    It's sad when free political speech in this country is thwarted under the "racist" claim. Geraldine Ferraro is no racist and the Obama campaign and their supporters should be ashamed for making this accusation.

    Heck, Obama's own wife (Michelle) said worse things about his apparent "stinky" side in her interview earlier this year.

    March 13, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Old Dave

    And I don't want to hear them complaining about who won later!

    March 13, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. LT

    Sorry Florida. You diserve to be heard, but you need to understand that if we don't play by the ruls, we must pay the consequenses.

    March 13, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. Joseph

    That's it, pack it in she meaning Hillary need to concede this thing, there is no way in the world she can catch him now. No revotes in Fl and MI doesn't want to do it either. Even if she gets a few delegates from PA it will all be erased by the next contest in IN and NC and then it's a long losing streak from there on out to PR where apperantly she believes she has an advantage because they are hispanics, well I don't know if someone told her this but Puerto ricans are NOT Mexicans and growing up with both in my neighborhood their's not a big difference between blacks and puerto ricans in other words don't look for a victory there.

    March 13, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. Mitty Coleman

    As a Florida voter I am pleased with the decision.

    March 13, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Sheila

    No re-vote, no delegates.. The people of Florida voted in these Republicans and DINO's and as far as I am concerned, they entrust those lawmakers to do what is right in their name. With enough pressure, the Gov could have veto'd the bill. All Dem primaries should be closed to avoid the shenanigans going on right now..

    March 13, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. Ivory Tickler

    Florida is starting to leave a bad taste politically speaking. Florida was the problem in 2000, part of the problem in 2004, and now this. Florida should NOT be allowed to vote – PERIOD!

    They knew what they were getting into when they turned thier back on the DNC, NOW they want the DNC's forgiveness? What type of example does that set for my son? Why type of example does that set for the United States? Haven't we broken or ignored enough rules in the past 8 years? Now, it's seeping over to the Democrats?

    March 13, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. hkitty

    The Democrats of Florida want our votes counted. If not, we'll take them with us to the Republican camp in November. "You broke the rules, so you don't get to vote". Keep reciting that statement all you want, but your O'man will pay the price in November. Don't count on Florida for the Dems in November!

    March 13, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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