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. Steve P

    How anyone could honestly advocate voting for McCain when they are a Dem is beyond me. You Hillary supporters are like cult members. This has nothing to do with issues. Hillary has created a cult of personality and you lemmings are following her off the cliff.

    Even if she were the nominee she wouldn't be able to win. If Obama loses and Hillary is the nominee in 2012 she will still love. Tell me which state she'll win that Gore and Kerry couldn't win? In fact, there are no states that Hillary would carry that Gore didn't carry...and he lost (in the EC).

    I'd sit out rather than vote for Clinton.

    August 24, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. returntocommonsense

    Hold on now – if anyone is to blame it is the state Democratic party leaders. They were told not to move their primaries and they went ahead and did it anyway. For that – their delegates were stripped from them – and it should have remained that way. Period. If I was a in either Florida or Michigan I would be screaming for the state chairman's resignation.

    This whole primary system has gotten way out of hand. What needs to happen is having a week long primary session for both parties everyone gets to vote within a few days of one another.

    George Washington warned us that political parties were a bad thing – boy was he right.

    August 24, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. trouble97018

    All of you whining Hillary people are resembling a whole bunch of two year olds who need a nap!

    If you succeed in bringing down this party, get ready to lose Roe, and have a president that is a LOT further right than Cheney. But you idiots don't care! All you want to do is stomp your feet and throw your tantrum!

    GROW UP!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Don Hiller

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

    August 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. grow up

    You guys need to grow up. The main point that everyone is overlooking: Obama's name wasn't on the Michigan ticket. If it was, he probably wouldn't have won, but he would have gotten close to half of the delegates, which would still put him in the same position as he is in now - the delegate leader even including the undemocratic delegate counts in those two states. Furthermore, he's doing what any sane politician would do: push for the inclusion of these delegates since it won't hurt his lead and will not piss off Democrats in Florida and Michigan. He won fair and square. It seems that Hillary has drifted away from the first female president to the anti-black candidate for many of you closet racists.

    August 24, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. NO MORE BUSH STUFF

    NOT TO MENTION THAT SHE HAS A "CAMPAIGN FUNDS FRAUD CASE" UPCOMING IN CA.

    August 24, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Nick - Arlington, VA

    ET August 24th, 2008 5:06 pm 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.
    -----------------------------------–
    She will still lose...please get your facts straight....jesus.

    August 24, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Danny, Beijing

    VOTE MCCAIN!!!

    So the rest of the world can keep laughing at you!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Panama City Fla

    A little to late for my liking. The DNC and the Obama campaign didnt want my vote to count in the primaries, well they wont get it in the general election

    August 24, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Mauri

    Well, the Democrats have finally completed their dirty work. When the party officials met earlier and decided that Michigan and Florida finally would not be allowed to have their votes counted, the party was over for Hillary Clinton. She had tried and tried to have full voting rights restored to the two states. Obama and his backers, in turn, fought that tooth and nail. Now, that she's out of the picture, they've been restored full voting rights at the convention. This is identical to the dirty work done in Florida in 2000 following Gore's win there, and a "recount" gave it to George Bush. Only this time, it's the Democrats who are playing dirty, and I agree with other predictions that this is the kiss of death for them.

    The voting public is sick of these under-the-table favorite games, and have already proved it. So It's not coincidental that Obama and Biden got only a 2-point gain at their joint-meeting in Springfield. That's just the beginning of a downward spiral. Too bad.

    August 24, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Don Hiller

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

    August 24, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Jack

    I'm becoming more and more concerned now about a backhanded attempt by the Clintons to steal the nomination at the convention.

    First, they agreed to allow Clinton's name to be entered "to recognize her achievement". Now they are restoring full votes to these states from their flawed elections, which Clinton won. People in those states were told their vote would not count. Who knows how many people did not vote because of that, or what the outcome of a "proper" vote would have been? You can not go back and fix those numbers or guess now.

    Obama is the presumptive nominee. I think it needs to made explicitly clear that Hillary Clinton cannot get the nomintion now, no matter what.

    Party Unity? My @ss.

    August 24, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Sheri

    These people here on this site are horrible. Just listen to them. It is really so sad, and scary. I believe the Hillary people would definitely MURDER someone. The worst I've seen. I can't believe it. HATE AND MURDER GO TOGETHER WITH EVERYTHING ELSE LOW DOWN!

    August 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. 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!!!!

    GET OVER IT!

    August 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Don in Seattle

    Well isn't this just grand! What the heck do we have rules for anyway when they can be manipulated whenever someone wants. The DNC has just opened yet another can of worms for the future. How stupid of them. There is no doubt who is behind all this. The Queen and many (not all though) are behind this push and will make utter fools of themselves at the convention. Just remember, if Hillary runs at a later date, millions of voters will not support her for her antics and self-serving interests. Ya, she can keep those 18 million voters but it won't get her elected. Too many other Americans will remember. What she says at the convention and how she says it (sincerely instead of just mouthing things) as well as whether she tells her delegates to vote Obama will decide any future she may have in this country. In the meantime, if Clinton supporters continue to be attached to her pant suit and vote McCain then let them do so. Foolish people!! No, not foolish simply dumb!!

    August 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Don Hiller

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

    August 24, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Renee'

    I love it new school teams with old school that is the new way of doing things. To all the fake Hillary lovers you are not fooling anybody. I must say we do love and support our candidate not like you all. It really does not matter who you vote for or why that is your GOD given right. There is no reason for you to trash a candidate because your candidate didn't win. I have not read one comment on any CNN post where one person actually describe how Obama did or said something to affect them on a personal encounter. I can understand him not being to pick just like Hillary is not mine, but that is as far as it goes she probably is a nice person and I honestly don't have any reason to make personal attacks against her even if she won. It is not place to judge her because GOD is the only one who knows all our hearts. So for those who lie and pretend to be something they are not you eventually will have to pay for that lie one day.

    August 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. rey

    this SUCKS......

    August 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. rey

    WOW-how low can you go OBAMA.

    August 24, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. rey

    HILARY for President-it is not too late!

    August 24, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Lenita G

    I´m 67 years old and I´ve been a Democrat all my adult life. Hillary was the right candidate , the only candidate to win the 2008 elections, but then came the SPOILER from nowhere. All my friends and I are going to vote for McCain, PERIOD.

    August 24, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Oscar F

    Obama Makes Me Sick his arrogance and cockiness will cost the dems this election. If he would have been fair from the begining then maybe we wouldnt have these issues. Instead of unifying the party He, Pelosi and Dean have destroyed it.

    August 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Peter (CA)

    Where have all these zealots come from? I can't believe the stuff on these blogs today. I voted for Hillary in the primaries but she lost. Get over it.
    Do you want four more years of this country being taken away from us?
    Has everyone lost their mind?

    August 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Angel

    McCain/Clinton 08!!

    August 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. vp

    i have about had it with Obama and his supporters. Those of us wwho supported HRC are not whining and you do need us or you will lose. I guess maybe you are so arrogant that you can't see that without the majority of our votes Obama loses. The DNC put the fix on the nomination early on in the primaries. Obama fought against seated MI and Fl, nobody can dispute this. Now when it is beneficial to him he wants to seat all the delegates. Never before has there not been a roll call vote during the convention. That is how it is done people. Obama tried to change the way we do things to benefit him. Go McCain

    August 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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