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. Patrick

    So much for PUMA.

    LOL

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. rey

    I hate politics-and OBAMA is suppose to be for change-yeah he will change things as long as it goes to his way. U SUCK!

    August 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    Flip-flop fool...Now it is ok when before it was not. Does obama know what he wants? Pandering to the maxx now.

    August 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. rey

    I feel CHEATED!

    August 24, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. rey

    CHEATERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR>..

    August 24, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. rey

    NO-BAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Pat

    It's so straightforward......FL and Mi broke the rules knowing the consequences and Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot in MI, so how can anyone say that he "lost" Michigan or that anybody else "won". To now go back and allow erroneous voting rights is against any parent's or teacher's example of right, wrong or fair. Hillary has been saying that she's all for party unity and that she's behind Obama for president, but she is obviously just a hypocrit, proving that by breaking up the party and trying to "sneak" in as a presidential candidate. This kind of unintelligent nercissism and feeling of entitlement is the most hurtful thing that can happen to the democratic party and, worse yet, may become the worst thing that can happen to the United States by helping to elect another flawed president.

    August 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Danielle , Canada

    I always thought that the Democratic Party was the People's Party.
    Wrong , it has been exposed as being corrupt and self serving and people like Dean , Pelosi and the rest of them should be ousted at once.
    They failed to give a political process due course by interfering and manipulating to sway the outcome and get their chosen one selected.
    I can't believe that there is not more outrage.!!

    August 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Proud African American

    It was not okay to have full voting rigths during primaries, but now for party unity it is okay? If you break rules, you break rules. Do't count it at all. Why do it now just to gain votes and favor. I am a democrat and I am not happy that my party chooses and apply their own rules just as it soothes not as it is written. What gives them the gut or rights to criticise Bush use of Patriot Act. They are hypocrates. I will go independent this election and will choose who to vote for in October. It is not about BO or HRC, it is about the lawlessness in the DNC application of rules.

    August 24, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. BKoi

    CNN, quit trying to influence the election!! Trying to find trouble between Obama and Clinton is not very funny. I realize that it makes for heady conversation, but I think you have a responsibility to the American people, and the world that watches, to report the news, not fan the flames of discontent ! Stop it .

    August 24, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Phoenix

    If Hillary is nominated, the Democrats can forget about me, and many other educated blacks.

    August 24, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Andrea

    okay............so NOW you want to count all the votes? this is ridiculous. Obama is a politician just like the rest. This proves it that much more. I wasnt an angry Hillary supporter, i was a sad Hillary supporter, dealing with the fact that she lost. Now i am an angry Hillary supporter and new Independent. I am writing Hillary in, and you people that say im doing more harm than good in doing that can do cry somewhere else, i am voting for what i WANT, and what is RIGHT. Two years ago OBAMA himself didnt even think he was ready for this job. He was right.

    August 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. the Head

    Vote McCain...because he is the lesser of two evils! Or 3 if you count that liar Hillary!

    August 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Bryan

    Why does not Hillary Clinton run for President as an Independant ?

    August 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. lynn

    If Mc Cain was smart he would ask Clinton to be his VP. They work well together and that really would be change. Then these idiots advising Obama would get what they deserve. Mineta worked for Bush, so it would not be the first time that Democrats worked for/with Republicans.

    August 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. ch

    Obama says he can unify the country but can't unify his own party.

    So do the delegates and popular votes of FL and MI count now too? If so, just how close does that put Hillary?

    And exactly why was she not vetted or slected for VP despite her 18 million votes?

    August 24, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. ME IN FL

    Mike from DE, don't play the race card, we are in the 21st century for God's sake!!!! The man if not elegible because he has no substance he does not deliver.............he flip flops..............there is no change in his politics........you can see that by him choosing Biden as VP........one of the oldest faces in Washington politics........ how can that be change???? Also, please learn how to spell !!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. SoundsStupid2Me

    Those of you saying McCain '08, Hillary '12, guess what if Hillary runs, she will NEVER get it. I bet those chanting that are too poor to spell able, and want to put another white man in office who is about catering to the rich only. Vote your interests for god sakes.

    August 24, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. John

    Okay, allow fulling voting rights now that Hillary is gone... pfft.

    August 24, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Frodo

    All of you Clinton supporters who are now vowing to vote for McCain are absolutely pathetic. Think about what you're doing.

    Stop being so bitter that your nominee lost the primaries and back the Democratic ticket. That's the difference between Obama supporters and Hillary supporters. Had Hillary won the nomination, I can guarantee 95% of Obama people would immediately back her. I do not particularly like her, but I would vote for her because she believes in what I believe and we hold common values.

    Do the same for Barack. I don't care if you don't like him, or if you don't like the way things played out, but it would be a total mistake not to vote for him. 4 more years of Bush's flawed policy will completely screw this country for good.

    And there's still a good chance Hillary will be made secretary or state or something else in Obama's cabinet.

    I implore you. Do the right thing. For America.

    August 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. Joel

    Rules are rules. When they are violated, there has to be consequences. FL and MI knew the consequences of their actions and must be punished accordingly. If not, was is the point of the rule in the first place. And this is coming from a former Clinton supporter.

    August 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Bigmarty55

    Dear Dan from -–TEXAS (Wow, a Texan, Man I'm so impressed!) So you, from the most self-impressed, largest home of idiots in the upper 48, think that that everyone else doesn't know what they are talking about. Figures.

    I went to various schools, I am ashamed to admit, that had a lot of Texans. Please say something that will convince me-R or D-that you're just not another good ole' boy idiot, who still thinks Marty Robbins is a contemporary artist, and who can't respond right away 'cause you're watching NASCAR on TV waiting for someone to get killed in a crash.

    Martin

    August 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. Sherry, Atlanta

    TO BOB IN LA: THE DNC ESTABLISHES RULES. . . THEY DON'T MAKE LAWS

    August 24, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. Karol

    This is an outrage and just the beginning of what you can expect if B.O. is elected. What is wrong with America – now it's ok for our president to have no experience or ability to run our country? I hope your all willing to live with this arrogant self centered guy for 4 years.

    Take a good long look at what the democrats have done in Congress for tha past 2 years and you will see the future. Pelosi, the DNC will be blamed for this not the Clintons.

    August 24, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. jeanette from Charlotte

    Just wait until after the convention – you will see the democratic party united and sweeping across the country!
    This election is going to be the most exciting ever – and with positively no recounts!

    Vote Smart – Obama-Biden '08!

    August 24, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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