August 24th, 2008
03:42 PM ET
2 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. ET

    James Carville you just lost my respect, I always thought you wanted honest gov.. If the votes are reinstated, Hillary wins, why cheat her out of it? Now we need to get rid of the DNC chairman.

    August 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. an independent

    pumas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. go away. you, people are pathetic. the clintons dinasty is over.

    August 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. conservative

    Well there goes a week of TV ruined ! Denver better get all those electric ganerating wind mills pointed the other way as the hot air will over load all their circuits !!

    August 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Jin

    Hey! What in the world is going on! Obama is only the presumptive nominee. He has not been elected. So why has he decided to change the rules. Because he has a sollipsistic and egotistical view of the world. Look out folks. This guy is disaster!

    August 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. JC

    Too little too late DNC

    August 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Smithers

    Im not voting for BHO or McCain. Im moving for Ronald Mcdonald.

    If we're going to have a clown in office, lets at least have a professional one.

    August 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. E>Dozois

    Finally, it means Hillary will win .

    August 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Closely Watching

    Ummm, keep in mind that Senator Clinton was all for punishing MI and FLA up until she started to lose. It was only then that she began her transparent call for the votes to count. Are you Hillary supporters really this blind or did you all just drop out of school in the 8th grade? This move now is not for Obama's benefit, he will be the nominee with or without the delegates...it is a move to unify the party. Quit piddling in your diapers and get with the program.

    August 24, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    I see a lot of people here who don't have the faintest clue about what they are saying. But, at least they are venting their emotions. How nice for them.

    August 24, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Mike from DE

    OBAMA IS AWSOME! GO OBAMA! HEEL THE PARTY!!!!!

    OBAMA IS GOING TO WIN THIS NOMINATION BECAUSE HELL BRING CHANGE!!!! ITS A SHAME THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE TOO RACIST TO VOTE FOR OBAMA! ALMOST HALF THE COUNTRY IS A BUNCH OF RACISTS!!!

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS WHO REFUSE TO VOTE FOR OBAMA ARE CLOSET RACISTS!!!! GET OVER IT!! THEYD PROBABLY VOTE FOR BUSH BECAUSE HES WHITE!!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Michigan Independent

    She lost the primary...end of story...in the good ol' USA!

    August 24, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. RJ

    If the Clinton racists sabotage the election nobody is going to vote for Clinton in 2012. Also, if you live in a red state and vote for McCain, your vote is basically worthless.

    August 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. the Head

    Still whining over something that no longer matters!! Go ahead and seat them now...they are meaningless! Get over it and move on!!

    August 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. GF

    Seriously PUMA's.....Hillary doesn't need you to WRITE-IN HER NAME, she needs you to WRITE HER A CHECK. Haven't you heard ? She needs the cash a hell of a lot more than she needs the whining of uneducated diva worshippers and racist poseurs.
    Simply put...sit this one out if you must or even vote McCain...but FIRST, send her a little change....then, pray to whomever it is you pray to that millions like me have forgiven all of you by 2012.

    OBAMA-BIDEN'08

    .....and Obama bin-Biden?? Thats, um, very clever.....I mean stupid.

    August 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Melissa, MI

    The only people that this should matter to is people in Michigan and Florida. Everyone else is just using this for their personal gain. My voting rights are for me not for outsiders to use for complaining leverage.

    August 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Tim, mississippi

    for whatever excuse, the neo-cons in the DNC will never vote for anyone who is against the immoral war on Iraq.

    they like their war-profiteering too much to give up on killing and stealing, here and abroad, at any cost.

    money and power anyway possible: that's their modus operandi.

    August 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Ecor

    Sure, you posted my wrong "pasted" personal message. How about this one? BTW, I agree (for once) with James Carville.

    With all due apology to Yogi Berra, "It ain't over until the fat-head DNC clowns sing their "Swan Song'".

    August 24, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Pat

    WHY would the DNC even think of doing this now? Are they for real?
    When the votes really would have counted they wouldn't even bat an eye and now that the election is all said and done they want to make it right by turning the country upside down again! It's too late to undo what was done the Election is Over or didn't you notice? The only words I can think of right now befitting of the DNC is GET THERAPY Immediately!

    August 24, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. DCMata

    The group who claim to be Hillary supporters & anti Obama- are damaging her and the Clinton name. We no longer support her.

    As past supporters of the Clintons, we now want them and their Republican supporters to- GO AWAY!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. LT for Obama

    All of your Hillary supporters are truly funny.

    If the shoe would have been on the other foot, you would not be crying foul right now, you would be pushing to not seat the delegates.

    As far as I am concerned, they should be seated as there were supposed to with half votes.

    As for those of you who keep going on and on about her winning FL and MI outright, the truth is is that that is one of the biggest falsehoods you have been spewing for months now.

    Obama did not campaign in either state and he was not on the ballot in MI. Therefore, if neither candidate were able to make there case in these states, then it is not a fair vote. The people of these states were for the most part left out of the full process of making an informed decision. Grow up and start acting like you care more about what is going to happen to this country instead of your perceived injustices that don't exist.

    August 24, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Herman in LA

    August 24th, 2008 4:37 pm ET

    John

    OBAMA IS SO FAKE!

    hillary 2012

    John, YOU ARE FAKE!

    How about getting a life you post here all the time.

    August 24, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Jesse

    Lets just hope the delegates are smart and go there with open eyes, and vote for Hillary. Then this arrogant "I am one of you" idiot can be humbled!!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Marc PDX

    Obama: Judgement ? ^ v ?

    When you're brash enough to claim you have the best judgement of any of the candidates you're going out on a limb and it may stick with you for history.

    Obama has clearly bungled how he has handled reconciling with Hillary after the primary – he has clearly snubbed her. And the 3am text message announcement of Biden as his running mate was an unnecessary swipe at Hillary and her "3am call" campaign comercial.

    If Obama winds up losing to McCain it will go down as a huge MIS-judgement on Obama's part. And he'll be lumped in with people like Dukakis and Mondale. And his superior judgement claim will boomerang on him. Pretty poor judgement with Hillary and her supporters.

    August 24, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. ME IN FL

    Mc Lame, if we don't make an impact , why are you addressing us??? Doesn't make sense does it, to talk about us if we don't matter. Now, I can see why you are for Obama..........just words............

    Axl, why would HRC cost OBAMA the election??? Why blame her??? He will loose because of himself, what he is and what he represents, incompetence, lack of judgement, flip-flopping , inexperience, lack of leadership, just to name a few.................the list is longer!!!!!!

    I will not vote for NOBAMA because he is not a unifier, he divides to conquer.

    I will write in HRC name or vote Mc Cain.

    August 24, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Republican on the fence

    The more I read about the people(PUMA) complaining about what has happened to Hillary. The more I agree with the statement earlier in John Mccain camp. The United States are a bunch of whiners. You have a chance to make history and possibly fixed the problem. You would rather lose an election because of your pride. I don't know who is ready to lead this country, but I know who I don't want to hear from anymore is PUMA. I pray that you grown ups do not have kids that you are raising. You guys are an embarrasment to the American way. Grown men and women sounding like 12 yr old middle school kids at P. E. Please grow up at least for the future of our kids. God Bless.

    August 24, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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