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. Big Love

    I don't feel that Obama, who has openly admitted to doing drugs (marijauana, cocaine and possibly heroin) can even stand on a moral high-ground and tell our youth that drugs are bad. Furthermore, I feel that Obama would be a hypocrit in the White House, how can our nation enforce our own drug laws with a straight face while an admitted chain-smoking drug user becomes president? Not with my vote.

    August 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Bigmarty55

    It's already starting, and the Dem Convention has yet to begin! What's already starting? C'mon, can anyone asking themselves that question be serious?

    To state the obvious, Hillary is going to try to steal the nomination away from Obama-this is the first step. Obama, at least for this initial onslaught, can partially blame himself, because he apparently agreed to this resolution, probably thinking he was doing a good thing for party unity. Naive, and wrong!

    If I'm right-not a given, but likely-we learn some things, and have other things reinforced for us, lest we forget. We learn that Obama is a political neophyte who does not know how to play the dirty game that is National Politics-R or D. Nice guys (whether they're qualified or not) finish last. We also learn where the true "Heart" of the DNC is. Anyone surprised?

    What is reinforced for us is that "Billary" controls the DNC, that the DNC will do everything that it can to insure another Clinton Whitehouse, and that both of them-BOTH Clintons--are among the most self-absorbed, me first, Machiavellian, sly, conceited, manipulative, carpet bagging intellectual carneys and cheats in the history of American Politics.

    This is the one year where the Ds could have nominated a male, mainstream, idiot whose platform could have been, "I'm not George Bush, and I am a Democrat", and won by a landslide! Instead, they fool around with a Black, quasi- Moslem with no experience (none), and a strident Witch. Stupid!!!!!

    This is going to get ugly at the convention-wait and see. You heard it here first, and I can't wait.

    Martin

    August 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. tad

    People on here are crazy. Calm down. If you believe in what the democrats believe then vote Barack, if you don't vote McCain. To much hate in this election already.

    August 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. timber (ex dem)

    What corruption! Give them their full rights when it no longer counts! This "New" democratic party is really something, huh? Pull strings, change rules when it suits, give primary votes won by one candidate to the other, anything goes!! I KNOW the american people are not stupid enough to fall for this. I would rather vote McCain than for this corrupt campaign.

    August 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. One old white woman for Obama '08

    Griff, you sound mentally disturbed. Seek help.

    To Sherry, Joe, Jimmy, & Sidney: It is bad manners to shout. Please lower your voices.

    To those of you who verbally slap Barack by calling him "egotistical, arrogant, elitist", why don't you just be honest and tell him you think he should "sit in the back of the bus"?

    August 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Clinton Fringer

    Any Obama supporter who can't see this for what it is needs to reconsider why they are voting for him. Let me add that you all deserve exactly what you will get, yet sadly it might be too late before you realize it.

    August 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. lanny

    First of all dean and the dnc should have left this alone from day one.
    The republicons started this whole mess so why even punish mich
    or fla. Then when they hammered out the deal to count half of there
    vote remember what donna brazile said "the rules are the rules". Well
    if that was the case they should have stuck to the rules from day one.
    Dean should have punished all the states that moved there primaries
    up to an earlier date that violated the rules. But they didnt. So much for the rules. We need new leadership in the dnc a.s.a.p. Dean and brazile need to resign (that would be a good place to start). Now as far as obama picking biden. I dont think obama really wants to win
    in novemeber. He would have picked hillary if he really wanted to win.
    When hillary dropped out of the race obama should have been there
    with her. He should have picked her right then and there to be his running mate. Brought his and her supporters onboard to unite the party. Then go after mccain. But so much for party unity. By snubbing clinton he just handed mccain the election.

    August 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Anyone but these 2

    I've found that a high percentage of my posts are rejected when I mention any third party or independent candidate, but my posts regarding Obama and McCain almost always make it to the board. It's really sad that the media refuses to show us our other options, especially in these times of crisis.

    August 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Michiel W

    Hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The DNC, Senator Obama, Donna Brazile, Howard Dean, et al. This is just another example of the very un-democratic actions of the party who call themselves Democratic!
    This is just confirmation of the reason I left the Democratic party after 40 years and became an independent. The two party system in this country should really come to an end. Both parties are full of nothing but corrupt and greedy power seekers. Just my opinion and as far as I know, this is still a free country, at least for the time being!

    August 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Tony

    How interesting......

    We will all wonder if the DNC had made this decision earlier, Hillary might be accepting the nomination. This goes to show that the DNC is not for the people and all Hillary voters should now recognize the FIX was in.

    Either you count them when they were cast or don't allow them at all. This should be a note to all Hillary votersand Hillary herself, Bill and other supporters you should be fighting mad!!! The DNC ahs no credibilty.

    NOBAMA is a NOVELTY being used by the Left. He would sell out his grandmother to be President.... OH WAIT -- He did. See what I mean.

    August 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. nobama

    I'm a Hilary/McCain supporter, but you, pissedinminnesota, are an idiot. You don't know what a neocon is. John McCain is a neocon (and good!) supporting the invasion of states that don't like us. Hilary might be, if she kept her promise to wipe Iran off the face if the map. Look it up on wikipedia, dude.

    Invade Iran! McCain 08/Hilary 12.

    August 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. mama4obama

    What a bunch of crap. This whole thing had nothing to do wtih Hillary or Barack Obama. It had everything to do with those running the party in those two states. It is clear to me, however, that some people just cannot get this through thier thick heads. There are rules set in place for a reason. The only reason this became a problem is because Hillary realized she was screwed. Then all of the sudden she wanted to go back to counting "every" vote. Its over people. Time to move on and get this thing done...unless of course you enjoy paying $4/gallon for gas and skyrocketing living costs.

    August 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Jo

    I understand restoring Florida's delegates, but Michigan's too? How is it fair to give delegates to Clinton that Obama had no chance of earning, as his name was not on the ballot? It just doesn't make sense to me...

    August 24, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. TEXAS

    I really am trying to understand why everything has been put on Obama's shoulders.
    1) Hillary lost, Obama won. Why are we still talking about this?
    2) Hillary said damaging words about Obama during the primary which are being used against Obama right now by the Republicans. He did not discredit her. So she should be the one to fix it. And people are wondering why the polls are so close.
    3) This has been Obama's message from Day 1 - Change. If Hillary's supporters do not want to vote for Obama, then they are not true democrats. This is more about racism than anything else, but no one wants to admit that. They are using words like inexperience. Where did Hillary acquire so much experience? Being First Lady doesn't count. What experience did Bush have? Or Bill Clinton for that matter? Biden has experience.
    4) Their plans were very similar except for heath care. What's left - RACE!
    5) Commentators keep asking why hasn't Obama shown Hillary more respect. Why does he need to?

    This is crazy!

    August 24, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. young

    it is a joke. why it doesn't come early. the Obama is really a typical politician! shame on him.

    August 24, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Tina

    As a Hillary supporter, I'm in peace. I'll vote for McCain.

    August 24, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Now, this is change I can believe in!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. DanFango

    I will say that when Democrats set up their circular firing squad, it's truly amazing how each one of them thinks they're going to be the one left standing.
    The economy is circling the drain, we're facing the possibility of Bush to the third power, and all you PUMAS can focus on is Obama's middle name

    You guys deserve your own country, with Dick Cheney as President for Life!

    August 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Stop blaming Clinton because some of her supporters don't like Obama- hey, there's plenty of hate being spewed by Obama supporters (see above comments), and they talk about hate from her supporters. Problem is Obama can't win without her supporters, and berating these people will not change the math, nor will it gain their votes. Try offering the olive branch if you really want Obama to win. By the way, as a Floridian, this move is too little , too late, too convenient.

    August 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Clinton Supporter

    Tops in the WHO CARES Department.

    Now that Obama is safely past Clinton, he backs away from his insistence that we not count all those votes.

    What a phony!!

    I can't wait to vote for McCain!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Singh is King

    I dont see why everybody is why everybody is Hillary 2012. I mean Obama could get elected and it wont be Hillary until 2016

    August 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Dori in AZ

    Why bother to have rules if, given enough pressure, you aren't going to enforce them? What an azzkissing system the DNC has created! I suspect a castration or two here, as well....

    August 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. gm

    This sounds like everything that has occurred by the current administration. DO WHAT YOU WANT WITHOUT HAVING ANY CONSEQUENCES.

    August 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. DCMata

    Look forward to a convention that will give us the best possible chance of defeating Republicans & electing Democrats!

    Turning off any programing giving the so called Clinton supporters against Obama and the party- ANYMORE platforms. These people are not Democrats!!

    We hold the Clintons responsible for any voice this group has- counter to the party's best interest.

    August 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. K

    HILLARY WONT WALK AWAY WITH THE NOMINATIOIN?! LMAO

    ITS ALL BEEN PLANNED OUT SO THAT CERTAIN DELEGATES VOTE FOR HILLARY, AND CERTAIN DELEGATES VOTE FOR OBAMA.

    EVEN IFF ALL YOU PUMA'S AND WOT-NOTS VOTE FOR MCCAIN, THAT STILL WONT BE ENOUGH FOR AN UPSET.

    YOUR OWN ARROGANCE IS BLINDING YOU FROM REALITY. THE SAME THING TOPPLED HRC'S CAMPAIGN. GET OVER IT. GET REAL. GET OUT OF POLITICS YOU FAKES!

    August 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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