August 24th, 2008
03:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Full voting rights restored to Florida and Michigan

Protesters voice their concerns outside the DNC headquarters on Capitol Hill in April.
Protesters voice their concerns outside the DNC headquarters on Capitol Hill in April.

DENVER, Colorado (CNN) – In another bid to restore party unity, the Democratic National Committee voted unanimously Sunday to restore full convention voting rights to Florida and Michigan delegates.

The move, which had been sought by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton since shortly after the primary season began, was endorsed by presumptive nominee Barack Obama last month.

Florida and Michigan Democrats had been penalized by the DNC Rules Committee for holding their primaries in January, in violation of party rules. Under the initial penalty, Florida and Michigan were stripped of their delegates, and barred from attending the convention.

Clinton and Obama agreed not to campaign in either state and Obama’s name did not appear on the Michigan ballot. Clinton won both primaries in January, and - locked in a tight battle to win the nomination - urged for full delegations from both states to be seated. Her effort failed, and she conceded to Obama shortly after the primary season ended.

In June, the Rules and Bylaws Committee had voted to allow both states’ delegations to be seated at the convention, with each delegate awarded half a vote divided between the candidates based on a formula devised by party officials.

The number of delegates required to claim the Democratic nomination will rise as a result of Sunday’s decision.

soundoff (431 Responses)
  1. Francisco Cardenas

    too late!

    August 24, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Griff

    Don't talk Stupid!!! So Hillary Cl8inton will be the CIC???????????

    August 24, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. LET'S KEEP IT REAL

    So how could this affect the outcome of the delegations?

    August 24, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Robert

    Too little, too late. McCain has my vote.

    August 24, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. C from Texas

    Guess they're trying to make up for how bad they treated these Americans before. The Dems are just trying to be nice now to get their votes.

    McCain '08

    August 24, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Tam

    Gee that´s nice. Just a few months overdue. Thanks DNC for letting their voices be heard, what a concept.

    August 24, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Barbara

    I truly believe the workings of people like Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove in our major elections should be made illegal. There is a lot of deception and a lot of game-playing going on that is much worse than just mischievious. It should be punishable by law.

    Our lives are at stake – Our entire nation is at stake – not something to be taken lightly.

    Criminalize these offenses, and punish the criminals !!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. What???

    Could Hillary and the DNC be plotting a coup?????

    August 24, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. BK

    The DNC can go to H@@! Then all of our votes should count and Clinton is the nominee. This just makes me madder. Obama makes me sick and the thought of his hateful racist wife in the White House makes me sick to my stomach. I will vote McCain.

    August 24, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. myasara

    How convenient. A few months too late, but whatever. I can't believe nobody's commented on this yet.

    August 24, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Dustin

    I don't know why this didn't happen in the first place. Full votes or half votes is proportional. So whether Michigan or Florida get full votes or half votes it is not going to benefit either candidates. But I hope this helps with party unity.

    Obama 08

    August 24, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. rachel

    hmm. So why did Obama fight this in the primaries his camp said Hillary couldnt have won with them anyway. Someone answer that question for me.

    August 24, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Wisest one of All

    Hillary please take your victory! You DID receive the majority of the popular vote! Proven fact!

    August 24, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Red Mpls

    This is unbelievable... FL and MI should have NO delegates at all!

    August 24, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Mike

    What a joke! Obama is so dishonest. He was so against this during the primaries because he know he would lose and now that he got the nomination he wants to give the voters of these two states what they deserved from the beginning. Unbelievable. I don't trust this guy at all.

    August 24, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. California Voter

    Let me be among the first to say that the Clintons may have been known for their political know how, however, I think Obama wins the prize for working the system to his advantage! Each of his wins to elected office were a result of working the system - eliminating opponents not through accomplishments, but through dirty politics. And now, lo and behold, the DNC is giving both Florida and Michigan full voting rights at the convention. How convenient! Obama's true colors a shining through.

    August 24, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Michael

    So, as I understand it, it's OK to break the rules...

    August 24, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Pennsylvania Voter

    As an Obama supporter, I have no problems with this. I will say, however, that the primary system needs a lot of reform for 2012.

    It's going to be a great convention!

    August 24, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Jeremy

    Why are they giving back their voting rights? Florida and Michigan were the ones who broke party rules.

    August 24, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Hopefully they'll correct the problem that caused this situation to occur in the first place so it won't happen again.

    August 24, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Trollmaster

    Oh no, all the fake PUMAS posing as Republicans are going to whine again in countless messages here.

    August 24, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Griff

    Yes I too can make Mistake's, with listening to This Garbage!!! THey Cheated like nobody could cheat...... A Hot-Favorite is Destroyed, Just like "Ayala", (THe Thoroughbred)... Just so insurance could be collected!!! This time by the Democrats... But you wont live long enough, to claim; Pelosi and other Democrats... This year 2008, Will Be always known as.... Hate! Hate! Hate! For the Dem's;
    You'r Party as Folded, You just don't know it yet... Sucker's!

    August 24, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Sally

    The only way to save party unity is for Hillary to hold on to her delegates, add the ones fairly won in Florida and Mitchigan, have her on the nominee roll, and THEN see who gets the most votes. BHO is now showing his true colours, what a nasty, egotistical man – almost makes Dubbya look good.

    August 24, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Denise

    For God's sake, I hope these people do not start whining!

    I am sick and tired of people whining. First they complained when they lost their full voter registration, then, on the HP, I saw people complaining because he asked the DNC to reinstate their full voting rights.

    What does it take to make these people happy? NO, HRC will NOT be added to the ticket! Grow up people!

    August 24, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Olivia

    This would have made a positive impact for Hillary when the DNC met to decide on this on this very fact. Their decision to award half a vote at the time and to give obama the MI votes he hadn't earned and which was against party rules, very negatively affected Hillary's campaign. Even so.....she had a really strong finish.

    Now, FL and MI are to be appeased and brought on board.......WELL AFTER THE FACT and after Hillary was "put down". Are her supporters supposed to cheer about this...really.?

    August 24, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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