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. pissedinminnesota

    CNN is simply the front for the NEO-CONs in the democratic party.

    the are the most insincere immoral opportunists.

    August 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Linda

    This will restore unity? I don't think so. I have been a Democrat my entire life- until this year. I am now an Independent. The Democrat leaders are completely corrupt. Obama is a corrupt politician of the Chicago machine school. This is just the latest example.

    August 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. MC LAME

    FLORIDA, has a long long history of incompetence in the realm of voting machines and voting in general.

    Florida, you are America's Nursing Home.

    you all have YEARS to make an impact on our electoral process.

    Please focus on your Blue Plate Specials and Viagra, and stay out of politics.

    August 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. bob in LA

    Sherry in Atlanta
    America is made up of laws, not rules. Political parties are made up of voters. No voter in Michigan or Florida decided to change the dates and these people were not given an option on how their vote or when their vote would be cast.
    Don't penalize voters for a few overzealous egos that wanted to be more importnat than the process.

    August 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. James Carville

    This is very demeaning to FL and MI. DNC is rubbing salt on their wounds now.

    Never mind folks, let us just move on.
    All Obamabots have been chanting and begging to "move on".
    So, Let us forget it. Let us move on.
    Let us come out to vote only after four years.
    Until then, let us forget and forgive.

    Peace.

    August 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Hillary Clinton

    Is Obama eligible to run for president based on citizenship laws?

    August 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Richard, FL

    Hillary says she "hopes and prays" that her supporters will support Obama. Her so-called supporters saying they will vote for McCain obviously didn't trust her judgment at all or else they were Republicans all along.

    August 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. MC LAME

    Stephen Colbert said it best.

    No matter who wins the nomination, he is sure Hillary Clinton will burst from their chest like the creature in Alien and grab the microphone from the winner.

    August 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. McCain's almost dead.

    FAKE DEMS ON THIS BLOG, YOUR REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY IS SO TOO TRANSLUCENT.

    August 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. tedious898

    Hillary supporters...news flash! SHE'S OUT OF THE RACE. What do you want us to do? Elect John McCain because all your little panties are in a wade? "Politics are a contact sport" (Bill Clinton said that)....If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen (Hillary said that).

    On both notes Barack beat Hillary fair and square. She went broke because some of her votes were "operation chaos" We're not going to elect McCain just because you're crying in your fruit loops.

    August 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Wilson

    When the election is over and all is said and done, it may be hard for this country to consider another woman as a serious continder for president. For if we are judged by our actions...whinning...I'm not voting if I don't have my way....etc... it will be a long time before a woman may be considered again.

    August 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Danny

    How convenient. I'm a democrat, but I think Obama should be careful. He's starting to come off a lot more conventional than he claims he is. Actions speak louder than words.

    August 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. beth

    If they did this in the beginning Hillary would be the nominee! This makes me SICK!!!
    NOBAMA

    August 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Sebastian

    If Michigan & Florida had followed the rules and there would have been order.

    Selfish, arrogant & self serving for those states to move themselves up in the order. Not the way to go about it.

    Whatever this latest twist is, it better nor encourage other states to violate the rules ... we don't need any more of this crud.

    August 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Cherie4Obama

    Obama's campaign did NOT do anything to Florida and Michigans voters, their elected party officals are to blame. And Hilary supported the decision for their votes not to count because they broke the rules. Why do her supporters seem to forget that? I see nothing will make you happy accept Hilary accepting the nomination next week, and that isn't going to happen.

    Obama 08

    August 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. dennis from chicago

    check it out/ obama crimes.com full votes restored no more half people...TOO LATE IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYMORE....JUST LIKE EDWARDS IT'S ALL OVER THE HILL....///

    August 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Ndalio

    Obama / Biden 08 / 12

    Clinton secretary of state

    August 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. the truth

    The DNC should have stuck by it's original rules regarding MI and FL. This just proves rules are made to be broken and changing the rules in the middle of the game is fair in Politics. Cheaters!!!

    August 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. ellen

    What goes around – comes around – especially this November DNC – this guy can't even unify his own party – what a piece of work!!!

    August 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Andrew (Toronto, Ontario)

    Great message to send to the youner generation, cheaters always prosper!

    August 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Speider

    If I remember correctly, and I do, all candidates agreed not to put their names on the ballot in those two states when the states broke the DNC rules and held their primaries out of turn. Senator Clinton then placed her name on the ballot (the only democratic name) and when the states were removed from the count, she rallied to have the votes count, for her, naturally.

    It's like a runner who's told the race won't start until the field events are over, but takes off and declares victory and a gold medal as they cross the finish line while the other contestants await the proper start from officials. Is that a clear enough analogy?

    Florida and Michigan made a decision to go against party rules and were disqualified. They knew it might happen, gambled and lost. Everyone who thinks they should be seated, please explain to my children how one does not have to be responsible for one's own choices and actions when the rules are broken. I believe that's called anarchy.

    August 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Breaking News

    Why now?
    For what?

    This is the "CHANGE" Obama offers.

    I am happy that I am not American.
    Good luck, America.

    August 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Tiffany

    Talk about B.S. If they were so interested in party unity, the rules committee would have done this to begin with instead of using the so-called rules to GIVE the nomination to Obama. This is just one more insult to our intelligence.

    August 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Big Love

    I still get email from Hillary's campaign asking for money... its sad... she tried very hard and dipped into her pocket bigtime, and I hope that she does get the nomination, because I feel that she is a MUCH better choice then Obama. She didn't have a personal financier named "OPRAH", so I can only hope she does well.

    If she doesn't get the nomination, I will be voting for McCain instead of Obama.

    I don't feel that Obama, who has openly admitted to doing drugs (marijauana, cocaine and possibly heroin) can even stand on a moral high-ground and tell our youth that drugs are bad. Furthermore, I feel that Obama would be a hypocrit in the White House, how can our nation enforce our own drug laws with a straight face while an admitted chain-smoking drug user becomes president? Not with my vote.

    August 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. x puma

    I respect Hillary as a Human being. its time to move beyond the hate.
    i rather vote vote Obama then Mccain who has always belittled women.i will respect Hilary's views by voting for Obama and a good Catholic man Biden.

    Defeat the Pro War party , no McCain

    August 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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