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. Dealt

    Great message... break the rules and get rewarded for that.

    August 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Ric

    Hillary wins?
    For a party that's is about fairness and equality, the DNC is acting like that bully in third grade that kept changing the rules in Monopoly.

    August 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. gr.grandma

    NOW they are giving full count to citizens in Florida and Michigan after the damage is done!! Have been voting as a Democrat since FDR.
    (Wanna' take a bet on how many of Obama's voters know who that is?). I have never been able to figure how "ranting Dean" was able to become the "lead dog" in the DNC. And then we have another that is quite adept in giving "back handed" compliments while doing her part in using her power against the most capable (in many, many,
    many voter's minds). Oh, we still have the allegedly intelligent super delegates who one by one buckled instead of staying the route.

    Does my anger show? Well, it will on election day--there will be a
    new Republican voting for a candidate younger then herself.

    August 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Eileen from Maine

    I think Hillary Clinton should just be awarded the Presidency. She has been planning on this for years. And she and her campaing put out a 20 page memo to the press explaining why she was the inevitable nominee and the press obliged her by telling us all over and over that HILLARY WAS THE ONE.
    Bill also misses the white house. Some of his best times were held there.
    How was she supposed to know that she would need the votes from Florida and Michigan when she signed the pledge and agreed the votes would not count for anything? It wasn't fair that Obama wouldn't lie down for her and let them change that ruling when she found out there was no possible way for her to win without them.

    The people that voted for Hillary want her in. It doesn't matter that the people who voted for Obama feel just as strongly. They do not matter. The only thing that matters is that Hillary gets her due.
    Sure, it is well documented how she wildly mismanaged her campaign along with a quarter of a billion dollars of her supporters funds. We've had somebody in office who doesn't think and plan ahead for the past 7 years. That hasn't hurt us any, has it?

    August 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Sue

    Do they really think the American people are that stupid? Like someone else said, Obama fought tooth and nail to keep FL and MI votes out of the primaries (even getting his lawyers involved) all on the premise of "following the rules". The DNC obliged him by allowing half votes and even giving him delegates he didn't earn. NOW they want to give full votes because Obama wants it that way? I don't think so. This has been the sleaziest election cycle I can ever remember.

    August 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. McBush - McLies - McElitist - McWorldWar 3

    I was and still am a Hillary Supporter!

    I have to common sense to swallow my pride and vote for Obama!!

    Do the same.................please

    August 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Dan (Redmond, WA)

    Sure, go ahead. Hand another election to the GOP. I will NOT have that on my conscience.
    If the ardent Hillary supporters are so hell-bent on voting for McCain, do it! See what happens. I will blame YOU for 4 more years of this garbage just like I hold every Bush voter responsible for the last 8.

    August 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. lucy

    Hillary supporters,
    Go ahead, vote for McCain who protects rich and powerful. You were never a true Democrat in first place.

    August 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. pim

    I don't see what the problem is. They broke the rules in the primaries, so their votes weren't counted then. The primaries are over now, so there's no reason to keep excluding those states. In fact, to do so would be rather un-democratic.

    August 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. John

    OBAMA IS SO FAKE!

    hillary 2012

    August 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Simba from Toronto,canada

    The law was made to be broken, then punish those who break the law. The justice system is very smart.........because it is aware that people will break the law,then they will be punished.
    That's what happened to Florida and Michigan. They have served their sentence, so it is time for clemency and forgiveness. No body is above the law; the rule is the rule, as simple as that. The two states have learned the lesson.
    THE IS ONLY ONEWAY TO LEARN A LESSON: THE EASY WAY OR THE HARD WAY, CAN'T BE BOTH.

    August 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Lou R

    Even before he convention formally begins, the DNC is off to a very good start in recognizing a full delegation count from both Michigan and Florida. All actions related to the Michigan and Florida delegate issue followed a democratic decision making process. The presumptive candidate has done his par with an excellent choice of Joe Biden at the VP candidate. How refreshing to see a democratic process working. Take note Republicans, there is another way then White house scorching the Earth power actions.

    August 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. pissedinminnesota

    this simply proves that the neo-cons rule the democratic party, as well as the republican party.

    August 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. JK Ashburn, VA

    There goes the DNC's credibility when they start making rules for 2012. Who's going to pay attention to them in the future? Prediction: Some states will move their primaries and caucuses even earlier - Thanksgiving 2011. What a mess!

    August 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. bob in LA

    In another desperate bid to try and convince the Hillary camp to unite, NOW the Democrats want to seat the full delegations of Florida and Michigan. Aren't they wonderful?
    This party is a joke. Their presumptive candidate is a joke and the DNC is run by a clown.
    I still love Hillary and the only smart move made by Obama in 3 months is Biden. Unity?
    I'm smarter than that!
    PUMA

    August 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. rgn,texas

    move on to other important topics,this bitter whining is very very boring and old!!!! snore snore snore

    August 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. New Day

    Typical! Rules are broken without consequence to favor them and those PUMA idiots are STILL complaining. So whats next? Do we only count the votes that THEY feel is important? Florida and Michigan shouldn't have counted as Hillary said herself. Well PUMA, Hillary wont ever be president. Either she helps Obama get elected or she may as well run for the Legalize Pot Party in '12.

    August 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. aware

    No unity bid here. This was the plan all along as soon as Hillary was out of the picture! forget it democrats – you are toast! :(

    Hillary Clinton and John McCain are moderates! Obama is a far left-wing liberal with far out policies that will spell disaster America.

    Don't waste your vote! Vote for McCain 08 and Hillary Clinton 2012! :)

    August 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Bill

    The good ol' DNC really has it together, now. They should keep a platoon of foot doctors on staff who specialize in treating self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

    August 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Jean

    Either way, you americans are divided. You know why?
    You are in war you should not be in..... in a country you are not welcome : Irak ! you always lose: Vietnam is a good example
    One Party,:Democrat wants to heal and you can't accept because... unacquaintedness and fear are bad advisers. Common Sense!

    August 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Simba from Toronto,canada

    The law was made to be broken, then punish those who break the law. The justice system is very smart.........because it is aware that people will break the law,then they will be punished.
    That's what happened to Florida and Michigan. They have served their sentence, so it is time for clemency and forgiveness. No body is above the law; the rule is the rule, as simple as that. The two states have learned the lesson.
    THERE IS ONLY ONEWAY TO LEARN A LESSON: THE EASY WAY OR THE HARD WAY, CAN'T BE BOTH.

    August 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Sylvia Johnsen

    Is Obama giving back the 4 delegates from Michigan that he took from Clinton even though she'd won them in ther primaries... and what about the 43 delegates of uncommitted he was awarded for no particular reason by the Rules Committee?

    I guess it doesn't matter... now. Scorn the superdelegates who does their job, exercise judgement as the rules requires and vote for Clinton instead of Obama on the roll call.

    August 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Ester Raqmirez

    If Michigan and Florida have their delegates counted. then they should go to Hillary as she won both populat vote. I still know deep in my heart that Hillary will be the one to beat McCain. I ,for one will not vote for Obama I would rather see MCain as President then Obama. I have learned many Clinton supporters are also going with McCain Now, more then ever as he completely ignored Hillary.

    August 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. aware

    I'll be happy when Obama loses! :)

    Don't waste your vote! Vote for McCain 08 and Hillary Clinton 2012! :)

    August 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Freedwoman

    Hillary won MI & FL fairly & squarely. She followed the rules, did not campaign there. Still millions of voters came out & voted for her.
    How reaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllly convenient now that Obambi thinks he has the nomination, MI & FL will be restored.
    The DNC, Obambi & the Dems absolutley are hypocrites, back-room dirty pols that deserve no respect.
    PUMA Hillary should be the true nominee. If she is not, then November is going to McCain! Barack is a sleazy amateur and not POTUS material - thats the real question and the answer is NOOOOOOOOOBAMA! Biden is irrelevant.

    August 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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