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. Peter

    I suppose rules needed to have changed to benefit Obama lest certain groups be accused of racism...

    August 24, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Abby

    As a FLORIDA VOTER – does obama really think my state is that stupid???? We know who blocked re-votes in FL – and the candidate that WON our state – it was NOT obama – it was Senator Hillary Clinton. Sorry – obama gang – obama will NEVER win FL – and he will never be elected without the Millions of Hillary supporters.
    Maybe next time!

    August 24, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. windu

    Hillary Clinton is hated by all the Republicans and half the Democrats. Hillary Clinton will never be President. Never. Get over it.

    August 24, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. a message for ben

    Ben,

    so you know john kerry's choice was an excellent choice, hence is why HRC didn't run for presidency at the time. fully knowing that no one WANTED TO CLEAN BUSH'S MESS WITH IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. It is but a strategy the democrat saw fit at the the time. now the matter is in your hand, if you want MCBUSH to go ahead and send/keep more of our borthers and sisters to get killed because of an illigitimate war started by BUSH, then i would say, that you and your close minded fellows are blinded by POLITICS "AN ART OF MANIPULATION" Led by the republicans, and you must send your child over there so they can risk their lives for a war that is about the good will of one person that is BUSH, and his good Fellow MCcain.

    otherwise, stop complaining, and wake up, because America needs you now. It isn't about being a coward to face a difficulty or a sitaution, it is about being the outstanding citizen that this country needs whose main goal is a good economy = jobs for everyone. a good leader = trust, and responsiblity.

    Obama is the right choice, and an excellent choice for america to have an african american for president, because then, america will reallly get over its difficulties from within when we back up a minority for presidnet. it is a STEP TOWARD A BETTER FUTURE. FOR OUR CHILDREN. so I IMPLORE YOU TO WAKE UP.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    August 24, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Carlos

    If Hillary did win the nomination after roll call at the convention, does she have a chance to win?

    I wonder if they would post that question someplace to see what the responses would be.

    August 24, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Kathy

    a bit too late honey

    August 24, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. david in seattle

    This is just absurd.....so absurd that it just makes me want to hurl....
    Why do we even have a stupid primary in the first place? Lets just get all the candidates up there, hear what they have to say and vote.....the winner wins and that is the end of it. No delegates no electoral college no endless campaign bs and no CNN/FOX/MSNBC second guessing, misquoting and twisting the truth to the point that we are all so sick of hearing about it that we dont even bother to listen anymore. What a stupid system we have..

    August 24, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. BJ

    With Florida and Michigan, Hillary can snatch this nomination away from Obama! Even IF she releases her delegates, they can still vote for her... it's not over till it's over!!!

    Hillary or McCain '08

    August 24, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Northwood

    I can not understand why the Obama supporters continue to carry around such hatred for Hillary Clinton, who has been doing everything to support Obama. Clinton is not responsiable for her supporters and how we feel about this process. When did it become racist to question a poltician on his merits..I am so sick of Obama supporters using that excuse. You accuse Clinton of being negative when anything someone says or does is racist. I am a democrat who believes that Obama is not qualified..If I vote, I will vote for Obama because I know he is just like Hillary Clinton on the issues...just not as qualified to get the job done. Obama has two months to convince me and I am willing to listen..but his choice of Biden was a calculated political move and the disrespect of the Clinton's have not helped. Also, unity works both ways..So maybe the Obama supporters should also try and be a bit more gracious when discussing the historic campaign of Senator Clinton.

    August 24, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. Dem in Georgia

    Bryan says, "Why does not Hillary Clinton run for President as an Independant ?"

    Well Bryon, you idiot, she won't do it because you people won't support her when she needs you. You people are so delusional. You think she has this endless supply of cash stashed away and she should spend it all on you (you that want her to be President). You don't feel that you should have to donate anything. Meanwhile, Obamas supporters are sending in gobs of cash in support of the candidate they believe in (loyalty – that's a new word for you PUMA's). And you people act like it's a crime or something. They sent him the money so he would have a chance to win ... and he did. You didn't send Hillary anything so she wouldn't have a chance to win ... and she didn't. Or maybe you feel like she did early on this year ... Entitlement is enough ... right? WRONG!!! She knows better now and she also knows that you people won't support her as an Independant either!!!

    August 24, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. 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 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. Nee

    I am sick of hearing that Michigan and Florida didn't follow the rules. It was the LEADERSHIP of these states that didn't follow the rules. You don't punish VOTERS for that!!!!!! You don't take away votes from citizens. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so disillusioned with this party for ever allowing such a thing to happen.

    At any rate, once it was clear that the race was so close, a re-vote should have been done in both of those states. But it wasn't supported by Obama because he knew he had a good chance of losing one or both of those primaries, catipulting Clinton to victory.

    Obama does not care about anything more than he cares about himself. Hillary could come to my house and beg me to vote for him – I will NEVER vote for him. EVER.

    August 24, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Bigmarty55

    I don't know whether that was really James Carville who posted a while ago, but if it was, he let something drop-something that may be Billary's drop back position. As several of you have picked up on-he talks about 4 years from now. My first post said that Billary is going to clog the convention, and I still believe that to be true. But Carville-the unabashed Billary apologist has–or may have-let the cat out of the bag. He talks about four years from now. Why would he do that?

    EASY! It is because Billary may actually want McCain to win-figuring that he is a four year deal-and that she can politically come four years from now instead of eight (after a two term Obama presidency).

    My guess is that she will attempt to subvert the Dem Convention. Failing that, she's "voting" for McCain--as Carville has just told everybody, for the reasons expressed above. Dems are so easy and dumb!

    August 24, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Truth

    Good to hear. Many people understand it would not have changed the results either way but appreciate the humble gesture.

    August 24, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. ron democrat turned independent

    does sen. obama have any idea of what this does to his credibility. or is he that arrogant he doesn't care.that his charisma will overcome his shortcomings. you can fool some of the people ect.

    August 24, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Pat

    JUST IN : Hillary Clinton just announced she was releasing all her delegates to Obama's Campaign. This takes the Sting out of the DNC Operation apparently it was misunderstood.
    Not that CNN will post this as I'm in the Moderation Box 90% of the time!

    August 24, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    Florida and Michigan for whatever were penalized for holding their elections ahead of the date scheduled. The reality of it if there were not rules in place about things in this country we would all be in trouble. I do think that it was nice that they gave them their full votes back, but what will happen in the next election?

    August 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. BlueDog Dem

    I love it....PUMAS get what they want and they're still "Outraged"...reminds me of a two year old....grow up folks...we all know you weren't going to vote for Barack anyway...do yourselves a favor..lighten up and move on...the world will still turn (and we will win in November) without you.

    August 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. Dem in Georgia

    Danielle , Canada

    I won't bother qouting your post. Just one question though. Why are you giving your opinion on this or any other American issue? You don't belong here ... IDIOT!!! Go stick your head in a hole somewhere, or whatever you people in Canada do. Moron!!!

    August 24, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. ron democrat turned independent

    RENEE

    do you realise that your candidate for president (obama) could not qualify as a VP because of inexperience. ironic don't you think

    August 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. PUMA 08

    In reply to windu's comment the same could be said
    about obama!!!

    Barack Obama is hated by all the Republicans and half the Democrats. Barack Obama will never be President.
    Never. Get over it.

    August 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Ralph

    If Hillary were to get the nomination now, there would be riots everywhere there are blacks. When he loses in November there may be riots then. All the Obama-bots yelling, rigged election! This will not be a good year no matter which way it goes. Blacks can't even celebrate without looting and sitting fires. Remember when the Cowboys won?

    August 24, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. Jmm

    How convenient that the rules committee restored all delegates from Florida and Michigan after Obama was given the nomination.

    Pelosi, Dean and all other Democrats can spin this all they want. Obama is a creation of the DNC and the media. Please tell me another candidate that was in the senate or congress for 1 year and became a presidential nominee.

    Obama snubbed Hillary. He's too arrogant to believe that he needs Hillary supporters like myself. Remember voters like myself are reliable voters, young voters are not. Let's see in November if they will wait in lines for hours just to cast their vote. My bet is they won't and McCain will win..

    I will never forgive the Obama people and the DNC for allowing Bill Clinton to be painted as a racist and for the way Hillary Clinton was treated by the media.

    Because of his arrogance Obama will lose my vote and votes of many others. He better not think that New York State is in the bag for him. McCain has a lot of support in Western New York.

    August 24, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Marie

    I believe the DNC has just angered more people than they have brought on board. Obama was not for this move when he knew it would hurt his chances for the nomination, and suddenly there is all kinds of support. Just another Obama flip-flop. And the Obama supporters are quite arrogant. They claimed during the primary season if HRC ever got the nomination, they would NEVER vote for her
    and continue to spew hate and garbage, they can take partial blame for lack of unity here. You can be sure that if HRC had gotten the nomination, they would not be voting for her, so what is the difference here, if her supporters do not want to jump on the Obama bandwagon. We do live in America, where we are allowed to vote for the candidate we see as best for the office. Your choice may not be mine, and mine not yours, but I respect your right to your view....seems the obama supporters respect no one else's rights.

    August 24, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Patrick of Canton, Ohio

    I love the smell of corruption in the morning.

    Oh, how we did watch you democrats work and twist your system, the whole Michigan and Florida ordeal is a prime example of government corruption.

    But what do we do? Do we vote Obama who took the the nomination by stealth and manuevering, or do we vote Hillary though she is corrupt and lacks all judgement? Do we vote McCain who we fear will cast us into a war with Iran and feed the oil companies?

    Come on America! Open your eyes, it pains me greatly to see our great nation held back by this oligarchy. Let us rise up against this tyranny collectively and defeat them the only way possible, let us vote all third party candidates into congress and the white house. Together we all can crush this horrible corruption with our freedom to vote, but it must be a concerted effort.

    August 24, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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