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. JWheeler

    Idiots! We knew they would restore the voting rights eventually. Why didn't they do it earlier when it might have done some good. Fools!

    August 24, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. gary

    OBAMA MUST HAVE BOUGHT THE DNC AGAIN,NOW THAT HRC ISN'T GETTING THE FAIR SHARE OF VOTES. SHE WAS SWIFTBOATED OUT FROM DNC, O.B. AND SUPER D. AMERICA DESERVES WHAT THEY GET. THIS RACE WAS FIXED .O.B'DS MONEY WONT BUY THE ELECTION.

    August 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. ron democrat turned independent

    and democrats are wondering why they can't maintain a larger lead against McCain. it's called credibility. how long do they think they can do this, without repercussion

    August 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Dan - Ohio

    Michigan and Florida should not have been given any voting power. These states violated rules set out, and even Hillary Clinton once said neither would or should count. Does the DNC have any power? What message does this send when states violate the rules set by the DNC and the DNC does not enforce the rules.
    Barack Obama helped broker a deal to seat about half of the delegates from Florida and Michigan, despite the rules indicating no delegates should be seated. Hillary Clinton supporters still complained. Now, the DNC seats the entire delegation. Still, some Hillary Clinton supporters complain. Barack Obama and the DNC have bent over backwards for Hillary Clinton and her supporters. Hillary Clinton has responding positively, but many of her supporters continue to whine and yell and say nasty/absurd things about Obama. If people vote for McCain and McCain is elected then we deserve the horrible economic and foreign policy path we will continue to be on.

    August 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Raphael - Fon du Loc

    Thanks be to Allah and Obama !!

    August 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Shane

    THIS MAKES ME SICK. HOWARD DEAN, NANCY PELOSI AND THEIR PUPPET- BARRACK OBAMA, HAVE RUINED THIS PARTY. IF THESE VOTES WERE FULLY RESTORED, HILLARY WOULD BE OUR NOMINEE, NOT THAT PUPPET!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Rob

    I am slightly frustrated that full voting rights were not given to the states in the first place, but in the interest of my party's untification, I must ask that all Democrats rally around their candidate, Barack Obama, in the coming weeks before the election. I, too, was a Hillary Clinton supporter, but now she is out of the race, and the party must progress.

    August 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Bill

    Thank you democrats. There is no way that the Republicans should be in this election. Thanks to all your inbreeding/infighting, the Republicans will win. I've hated the clintons for years, but this year they have been the best thing for Republicans. Hillary/Bill: you can come join the Republican party any time you want.

    August 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Alison

    Just another obvious showing of how Hillary was shafted by her own party ! She should be McCains Vice President and show the DNC that her voice and experience really does matter

    August 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. velmeezee

    True that Jamil. She was in agreement with the penalties until she realized that she "won" the elections. I was so disgusted with her pushing to have votes counted in which she cheated by having her name on a ballot that was null and void. This tells me that she knew that she couldn't win legitimately in Michigan. They should have had a RE-DO

    August 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    what a sham.....other countries look on and laugh at some decisions Americans make

    August 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. ryan

    When is it every going to end...I will be so happy after Obama wins this election for 2 reasons...

    1. The country will be headed back in the right direction

    2. We dont have to hear from these complianing Hilary supporters any longer...enjoy it while it last

    PS It the democratic party not the Clinton party

    August 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Sure whinny cat obama, doesn't mind Hillary getting her full count now that the DNC has twisted the super delegates arms so they put him over. When she needed them to beat his butt he cried and whinned and danced up and down like a baby to get them to take them away from her. This piece of downright absolute crap is the one the good old women haters and zany popped eyed kids want to be our president. Is it because that's the way they act cry baby cry.

    August 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Ronnie

    How convenient that they do this AFTER Obama has the nomination. The Obama machine faught this BEFORE Hillary was dropped. Now, since it benefits his side, it seems that they could care less. Well, I care (and so do millions others). The Dem. party has LOST our votes. This does nothing but tear the party further a part and exposes Obama as the cheating, hypocrite that he is. McCain will get my vote as with millions of other cheated Dem.

    August 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Jack

    Why is this happening? The Democratic Party made it extraordinarily clear to the delegations from Michigan and Florida would NOT be allowed to vote if they moved their primaries. Flordia and Michigan shrugged their shoulders and did it anyway. What kind of precedent does this set by restoring their rights. Which states will do this in the future?

    August 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Liberty Queen

    Hillary Rodham Clinton is the best and the brightest and is the true Democratic Presidential Candidate that the maleist democratic (small "d" for effect) party that disenfranchised millions of voters in Florida and Michigan. We don't need another couple of clueless arrogant boys in the white house...remember Joe Biden and his pathetic betrayal of women everywhere, especially black woman Anita Hill, during the hearings on Clarence "Uncle Tom" Thomas. To remind you one more time, it's about DEMOCRACY, not the democratic party. GO HILLARY!!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Anthony

    The truth of the matter is – With Florida and Michigan, Hillary WON! Now we are always going to know that she was the winner and that it was stolen from her as it was stolen from Al Gore.

    Pathetic Obama. I am a DEMOCRAT FOR MCCAIN!

    August 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Rocky

    How dumb does the Democratic party think we are? Wait until restoring the delegates means nothing as far as the election results go and then say it's OK. If the Dems win my home state of MI I will be very disappointed in my fellow voters.

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

    No matter which way you slice it, Obama had enough delegates and superdelegates, before Mi and FL was seated. I understand that the delegates can still change their minds, but I highly doubt that they would give up the shot at the presidency to to appeal to the small number of PUMAs, just like i highly doubt that all 18 million voters who voted for Hillary during the primaries still feel the same way about her now. She has done very little in this election since the primaries were over, because she still has a job to do in the senate. She's doing what she has to do, and PUMAs are so selfish, that they interfere with her life. Let her move on.

    August 24, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. RJ, CA

    Won't make any difference – Obama stole the election fair and square!

    August 24, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Military Man

    Too little too late.

    August 24, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Jabloo

    Just remember that if Barak does loose the race, and hillary tries to run next four years, we will remember.....yes we will.

    August 24, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Could anybody respond?

    Question #1:
    Is it likely/possible that Clinton had a high chances to be a nominee if this would happen in June?

    Question #2
    If the answer to the first question is "yes", than there should be a re-vote. If the answer is "no", why not to do that in June?

    Question #3
    What Forida and Michigan did during the last 2 months to "deserve" their full voting rites?

    August 24, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Sally August 24th, 2008 2:53 pm ET

    The only way to save party unity is for Hillary to hold on to her delegates, add the ones fairly won in Florida and Mitchigan, have her on the nominee roll, and THEN see who gets the most votes. BHO is now showing his true colours, what a nasty, egotistical man – almost makes Dubbya look good.
    ------------------------------------
    SHE LOST.....if she thought she didnt she would have never endorsed Obama....

    August 24, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Minako

    Of course now they do it to consolidate Clinton voters.

    Too little, too late.

    August 24, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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