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. Shannon

    that's right, another issue Obama flip flopped on! When the votes were going to Clinton, he was all opposed to it, remember the rules are the rules. Now that he needs the votes, it's fine. How do you say hypocrite!!!!

    August 24, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Jamil

    Get your facts straight. The move had NOT "been sought by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton since shortly after the primary season began." It was sought by her after she realized changing the rules would be the only possible way for her to win the nomination. She didn't start caring for FL & MI until February.

    August 24, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Sherry, Atlanta

    AMERICA IS MADE UP BY RULES, THAT WE ALL MUST FOLLOW. IT WAS IRRESPONSIBLE FOR MICH. & FLA. TO THINK THAT THE RULES DIDN'T APPLY TO THEM. I WOULD SUGGEST THE CITIZEN'S IN THOSE STATES, "VOTE THE INDIVIDUALS OUT OF OFFICE". THAT WOULD DEFINITELY SEND A MESSAGE.

    August 24, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Elaine wilson

    Why now? Oh, I understand it was done to help Obama not Hillary Unfair!

    August 24, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. jenevieve

    Does this mean that Hillary will get those delegates that were taken away from her?

    August 24, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. DebbieB

    Who cares about restoring full voting rights now?

    August 24, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Anyone but these 2

    Wow. I feel sorry for democrats this year. The DNC is obviously crooked. Denying these votes for Clinton and then allowing them once she says she'll pledge her delegates to Obama is really sketchy. I have to say, it looks like the Clinton supporters were right about the DNC "fixing" the race. I'm a democrat-leaning independent myself, but I'm really glad I'm not supporting the democrats this year. They seem as "Rovean" within the party as the Repubs do in general.

    Vote third party. Any third party. Tell Washington they need to clean up their act if they want us to keep supporting the major parties.

    August 24, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. ellen

    this just adds to Obama's hypocracy

    August 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. velmeezee

    So, what's the point of having rules if they can be broken with no penalties? Any other club, if you break the rules, you're out. Why did we waste all that time, energy, and money deciding what to do about Florida and Michigan in the first place then if the decision is not going to stand?

    August 24, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Dennis

    It is another move by Obama to try and force party unity. Why didn't he stand with Clinton during the primary. Obama is for "change" but he sure knows how to play politics. Just another reason why i'm not voting for him.

    -Former Obama supporter, current Hillary supporter

    August 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Obama/Biden

    READ: Florida and Michigan Democrats had been penalized by the DNC for holding their primaries in January – a violation of party rules.

    A rule that Hillary and Obama agreed to so please cut the crap Hillary supporters.
    You break the rules you pay the price!!!

    Im glad they have been restored! Moving forward!!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    August 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. billylee8

    From Griff's tenuous grasp on the English language, I can only come to the conclusion that he's just an angry guy from Florida.

    You whined and whined and got your way... what more do you want??

    August 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Dirty politics

    Obama still won. At least the democrats did the right thing.

    August 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. former democrat

    Unity when its convient?? No thanks.., I'll wait for 2012.

    August 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Joe Kiloz

    D N C-----D E A N----P E L O S I-----P,,,,,,I,,,,,,,,G,,,,,,,,,S

    August 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Brandon Hillary Puma4Mc

    ONLY AFTER They pushed Hillary out of the race. Those DNC rats wont get my vote this year.

    August 24, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. miket

    How hypocritical!!!! When these votes would have mattered in the election process the Obama camp fought tooth and nail to keep them out. They hammered Michigan and Florida on not following the rules. I guess the rules aren't so important now that he needs their votes in the general election. This proves Obama is a veteran and typical Chicago politician. He will do anything and everything to win.

    August 24, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. roy heflin

    SO its OK to change the rules after you become the candidate? Wasn't Obama against counting FL & MI delegates when Hillary pushed for it during the primaries? I hope none of those voters in those 2 states vote for him – CHANGE – We can count on? I get it – CHANGE your mind when its in your favor!!!

    August 24, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. velmeezee

    And no, the votes in Florida and Michigan were not fairly won. Those states violated the rules and therefore the votes should not have counted. Barack Obama was not on the ballot in Michigan. People were confused and didn't vote because they were told the votes would not count. They should have had a re-do. Seating the delegates as they are out of that sham of an election is definately not doing justice to the people of those states. But whatever, the best man is still going to win the presidency, regardless of what petty attempts are made to thwart him. Good always prevails.

    August 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Morningstar

    HRC does not own "her" delegates, she did not even suffer like Al gore, and even Al Gore who was hurt politically by the Clintons did not behave the way some republicans here want Hillary to behave. If You want to help Hillary, then pay her debt and tell her to have a better strategy in the future and no seek to distroy fellow democrats any more.

    August 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. CHUCK

    What a joke.

    August 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. US SOLDIER

    PUMAs SHE LOST! I sure hope you don't raise your kids to complain about one thing and when you get it complain that you got it.

    August 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Jim

    This whole issue is sickening. You make rules and the states do not keep them even though they knew the ramifications. Hillary and Barak did not complain at the time, Only later does "count the votes" seem important. Doesn't it all seem a little self serving. I wonder how different the parties really are anymore. It is all about control and power and nothing about right and wrong and what is good for the country.

    August 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Doon in Vegas

    HRC wackadoodles please note: the vast majority of this country is very sick and tired of you. we will not vote for her, and following her behavior in the primary process, as well as her husband, we would never vote for her. Why don't you people show your support by sending her money to pay off her debt.

    Obama/Biden 2008 AND 2012

    August 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Ramiz

    Hillary lost. Michigan and Florida broke the rules. They needed to be penalized, especially because the Dems have been spending so much time talking about accountability. Stop whining. Get behind your party. Swallow your pride and play by the rules.
    This is how it's done.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    August 24, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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