March 12th, 2008
12:54 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama camp resistant to mail-in vote

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Barack Obama's campaign said Wednesday it has reservations with a mail-in revote."](CNN) - Obama campaign manager David Plouffe expressed strong reservations on Wednesday to the prospect of a mail-in revote in either Florida or Michigan.

"I do think there's real questions about the mail-in option here," Plouffe said on a conference call with reporters. "These are very complicated elections to put on. In the state of Oregon which is kind of the standard for this, it took well over 10 years to get comfortable doing this statewide, to have signature verification in place, lots of alternatives for people to vote in person, there's questions around the list, both of these states have justice department review, that would need to take place, so there's a lot of questions."

The mail-in proposal is being strongly advocated by some leading Democrats including Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, who has said that it is the only reasonable and affordable option available to the state. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has also expressed support for a mail-in vote as one way to allow the state’s delegation to be seated at the party’s national convention this summer.

"Every voter gets a ballot in the mail. It's comprehensive. You get to vote if you're in Iraq or in a nursing home," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday.

But a majority of the Florida’s Democratic delegation said in a statement Tuesday night they oppose both a primary re-vote and vote-by-mail.

"We are committed to working with the DNC, the Florida State Democratic party, our Democratic leaders in Florida, and our two candidates to reach an expedited solution that ensures our 210 delegates are seated," the delegation's statement read. "Our House delegation is opposed to a mail-in campaign or any redo of any kind."

Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Plouffe said the campaign will ultimately follow the DNC's resolution with regards to seating the delegates. But he sharply criticized the Clinton campaign for "trying to change the rules."

"Senator Clinton said she was playing by the rules through the early sates, we played by the rules," he said. "Now when they believe it serves their political interests, they're trying to change the rules and say these elections should count for something. We think that's the kind of political maneuvering and calculation that voters are tired of."

Responding to Plouffe's comments, the Clinton campaign noted that the Illinois senator co-sponsored a bill last June that "would establish a vote by mail grant program."

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- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (281 Responses)
  1. Paul Naranjo

    HILLARY 08

    Florida and Michigan will say loud and clear that they want you to be Our President in this election.
    The FLA votes should be counted just as they are, while Michigan could have a new primary. Now Obama is afraid, cause he knows this will in fact put an end to his so called" momentums" There is not such thing 'cause no one will attain the desired number of delegates without FLA and Michigan.
    Howard Dean, are your rules stronger than the voice of 2.5 million voters who actually belong to your party? Btwy, have you realized that FLA's primaries's date was moved by the Republicans and not so by the Democrats. Then, why are you punishing your own party members, Shame on you if you disenfranchise the voice of your voters. Then no candidate should appear in the Democratic ballot for the general election if the voice of your party is not important to you.

    HILLARY – Commander in Chief of the United States of America.

    March 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. changing times

    Obama has never said he doesn't want FL & MI to count. He simply says he will play by whatever fair rules the DNC sets. What's wrong with that?

    You can't just throw vote by mail together at the last minute without some stringent guidelines and security checkpoints to ensure the process is fair and equitable.

    MY God what is happening to this party. Are we really going to let it be destroyed like this. Why can't we all just respect each other in spite of our differences?! White America doesn't understand Black American and Black America doesn't understand White America. But we now have an opportunity to put all the hatred behind us and do something postive and magnificent together to heal this country.

    The Republicans are having a field day with us. Let's prove them wrong and get our act together and win this election!

    March 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. "Keeping it real"

    Clinton and her campaign are crazy as hell!

    March 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Gary Mitchell - Vancouver WA

    I think your headline is a complete misrepresentation. Senator Obama just wants to make certain that the vote if there is one is fairly executed and secure from fraud. It is the hope of every Obama supporter I talk to that Florida and Michigan voters be allowed to voice their choice for this primary and let the chips fall where they may.

    March 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Debra

    It seems like there is room for a lot of problems with a mail-in vote. The DNC needs to stop being cheap and fund a full re-do for the sake of fairness to both sides, effieciency, and expediency.

    March 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Linda

    Shame on you, Hillary.

    If you really care about the families that are having a hard time financially, then use the money that would be spent on a silly ego election for you (you knew the rules and agreed to them) for people who really need it. These are people whose entire day is spent trying to just make it through with something to eat and a roof over ther heads.

    And you want to squander all that money for yourself.

    March 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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