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. jo

    obama biden ladin....... ill say it first .....look out cause the repukes are going to use it ......to scare the crap out of everyone ...thats it iam moveing to canada

    August 24, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. David from California

    I am a life-long Democrat. There is no doubt Hillary would have won the nomination if FL and MI were allowed to vote. Obama is not qualified to be President. I will vote for McCain or not vote at all, but I will not vote for Obama. Go Hillary 2012!

    August 24, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. heartlyss1

    In response to Denise Post –
    For God's sake, I hope these people do not start whining!
    I am sick and tired of people whining.

    First of all Denise if Obama really cared about Mi and FL he would have stood up for them to be fully seated from the get go. No wait, that would have meant that when Mi and FL re-voted he would have still not received the majority of votes BUT NOW that it stands in his favor to get them fully seated he is all over it like white on rice. If Obama thinks for one instance that Mi and FL will cast their vote for him he is sadly mistaken. Mi and FL dont play the Injustice game. When Obama and Biden Blow the chance of Dems getting back in office I fully expect all you OBAMAHEADS to start pointing the blame on Hillary for loosing the election – Mr Obama just needs to look in the mirror to see his arrogent bobblehead to find out who lost this election.

    August 24, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. E

    They were told 100 times how to have their votes counted, They 'follow the rules!

    Had they had legitimate primaries, Obama would have been on the ticket and STILL would have beat Hillary.

    August 24, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. African Americans sticking together

    Come on, we need to take care of our brothers and sisters. We've been waiting a long time for this opportunity. Now, let's not blow it and vote for the white guy....we've got our choice. United we stand.

    Obama08!

    August 24, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Ruben Arias

    McCain ads, which criticizing Obama for not picking Hilary Clinton as VP, is pure hypocricy. If it was a mistake, they should be happy and closed their mouse. Stop criticizing Obama and shows to the American people McCain will be doing something different than the Bush administration disaster.

    August 24, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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