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. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    With their liberal ideology of anything goes, it is not suprising the democrats could not uphold its rules as it hates to uphold the laws of this country, such as drug laws and immigration laws, and campaign finance laws. Their lawyers are really good at finding the loopholes.

    August 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Down with the DNC

    Anyone else notice that our past few presidents had been drug users at some point?

    I mean, if any of them had been caught they all could have had a felony – possibly prison time.

    1 in 100 adults are in prison in this country (many of them drug users that were caught). Those that are caught are punished, jail, a criminal record, no tuition for school.. while others can be made president just because they weren't caught??? What a world we live in...

    August 24, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Soldier for OBAMA

    As a Military Active Soldier, OBAMA is Strong, full of INTEGRITY and stands on Principles. Me often make wise, prudent decisions that show he is a man of fortitude, character and modesty. The decision is a wise one and YES he will win Florida, Alaska, PA, MI, AK, MS, MN, WI, MT, ND and a few other states with a total 360 electoral votes or even 400. The popular vote he will win with 55%

    August 24, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Al

    Hillary Clinton ain't half bad. But her whiny and abrasive supporters sure make her look bad.

    August 24, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Osterreich-Ungarn

    I guess this proves that democracies are completely divisive...just look at this blog...and you are all from the same political party (presumably)...I can't even imagine what sort of "dialogue" you would have with your opponents. So much for having good-old civic virtue.

    August 24, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. lynn

    why is CNN losing the "posts" that are in favor of Clinton. It has been obvious right from the start that they were pushing Obama but not only are by posts being "lost" but I have seen several others make remarks about their lost remarks and they seem to be the ones that are against OBAMA= why is that?

    August 24, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. tyshunn

    what are you guys complaining about? isn't this what you wanted? they get a vote, and you guys still aren't satisfied.

    August 24, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Chris

    Linda wrote..Obama is a corrupt politician of the Chicago machine school. This is just the latest example.

    Let me guess. Hillary and Bill are angels right. HAHAHAHAHHA.

    August 24, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Renee'

    I just love all this anger coming from the fake so called repubs. The real dems are to smart to keep falling for these negative comments about Obama. You

    August 24, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Michael

    Don't be fooled HRC people in Michigan and Florida. Obama did not want your vote to count in the primary until now when it is too late to help Hillary! Now he is just trying to trick you into voting for him in November. He is no better than Bush, not as good as McCain.

    HRC people in Michigan and Florida should all vote for McCain or stay home in November. I'm voting for McCain myself.

    August 24, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Gina

    Wow! If this had happened earlier in the election Hillary would be the nominee. Hillary was denied her nomination by the biased one sided press coverage of the "soon to be KING O" and by her own party. I don't like McCain, but will vote for him as a vote against the biased media and election "fixing" by the DNC.....back room dirty politics that old Chicago was infamous for......

    August 24, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. THIS IS WRONG!

    I AM SO MAD I CANNOT EVEN EXPRESS MY ANGER

    WHAT A SLAP IN THE FACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. laurie

    James Carville..... Your post was beneath your position..... as your comments frequently have been.

    August 24, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. S. Thomas

    Barack Obama's name did not appear on the Michigan ballot and guess what, Hillary Clinton received more votes than Obama. A big win for Clinton!

    If all the primaries were uncontested, she could have really shown the world how popular the Clinton machine is with voters.

    Too bad elections involve competition.

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

    So.................Hillary now has the nomination, correct??? Finally, a candidate we can believe in!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Carter Usm

    CNN, why do you bother to print these comments. You should check where the comments actually come from. I bet my left arm that most of these "disgruntled democrats" who are going to vote for McCain or write in Hillary are republican campaigners being dishonest as always.

    How could anyone who admires Hillary's political ideals be so stupid to vote for the very opposite of those ideals (i.e. McCain)

    August 24, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. linda from South Dakota

    its time we move onward here, blogs are ok, vent what you will( i do),, but now its time for unity,, hillary lost,, lets put this behind us,,, sure florida and michigan broke the rules, but at least now,,, i say NOW,, americans can vote and hopefully it will al turn out normal,,, lets forgive and forget,, lifes too short to hang on to anger,,,, be proud of your country and represent it well,,, obama/binde08 and beyond

    August 24, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. Vincent VDW

    Zionist Jews out of the White house.

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

    I hope all the delegates vote for HILLARY. Barack didn't want these votes 2 months ago. The DNC is really is a piece of work. Wouldn't it be a real hoot if Hillary got the nomination she deserved.

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

    Big Love...... and what say you about your darlin' dubya???

    August 24, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. JC, anytown, USA

    Did anyone else detect an ominous tone when Griff wrote: "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!"

    That sounds like a dangerous and threatening statement. Did anyone at CNN notify the Secret Service?

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

    what about 18 millions supporters of Obama will not vote for Clinton in 2012. What are we doing shut up the DNC? It's crazy. What does it takes for Hillary supporters to understand that Obama win fair and square. Anything that happen to the DNC will be the Clinton's fault and the whole world knows it. What a shame.

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

    There names should not be added they didn't follow the rules but if it put a end to it fine.

    There has been months of discard; It time to unity and put the Dems on a positive road.
    Good Job Obama for picking Joe Biden. It now time for the supporters to do our job and take back the White House.

    August 24, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. NO MORE BUSH STUFF

    Those dummies dont realize that the Hillary campaign was mismanaged and in debt. What part of "LOST" dont you understand. You keep wishing for the impossible and mad at other people when it doesnt happen. Go ahead and vote for McStupid and shut up with your lying.

    August 24, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. Dave in Florida

    Are they kidding? I am former Hillary supporter who will cast my vote for McCain.

    August 24, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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