March 13th, 2008
05:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Florida's Dems reject mail-in primary plan

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CNN) - Florida's Democrats in Congress rejected Thursday a plan for a combined mail-in and in-person primary election to let the state regain its 210 national convention delegates.

The plan, floated earlier by state party officials, would have set the combination vote for June 3 in an effort to replace delegates lost when Florida moved its primary ahead of the approved time frame.

"After reviewing the party's proposal and individually discussing this idea with state and local leaders and elections experts, we do not believe that this is a realistic option at this time and remain opposed to a mail-in ballot election or any new primary election in Florida of any kind," read a statement released Thursday afternoon by the states Democratic congressional delegation.

Under the state party's plan, fund-raising and public comment would begin immediately.

"The plan would be inclusive of all Democratic voters," according to a memo accompanying the draft plan that was sent Wednesday night to party leaders, including Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the party's candidates for the presidential nomination.

Any plan would need the blessings of the DNC and the Clinton and Obama campaigns.

"We really believe that all Floridians deserve to be heard," said state party Chairwoman Karen Thurman, but "if this is not what the people of Florida and our presidential candidates want, then we're not going to do it."

Related: Florida Dems devise do-over plan for primary

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soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Audbrey, Florida

    I have voted democrat for over 10yrs but if my vote does not count than I will definently vote for McCain (not a bad choice anyway). I know there are many like me. Can the democrats afford to lose are swing state?

    March 13, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. ron

    I'm an Obama supporter and I do support a recount. But whoever dreamed up the idea for a mail-in vote needs to be fired. The states that do have a mail-in ballot developed it over the course of 10 years not 10 minutes....

    March 13, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. Darryl,

    So, what will Hillary do now?

    Hillary may now want to threaten to go to court.

    The rules don't apply to her.

    March 13, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. Ronald, Patriotic expat

    Blitzer should apologize to Wexler for how rude he was yesterday in their interview. FL & MI knowingly broke the rules . . . in a Spitzer world, you pay the price. Only in the Clinton world do you get away with breaking the rules.

    Oh, and CNN needs to be a little more consistent in how they censor, sorry "moderate", these comments. You let a lot of comments through which are horribly offensive personal attacks. Shame on you.

    March 13, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. lynette

    everyone should have the right to vote! last time i checked i thought this was the USA?????? where do you live at wolf????

    March 13, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. annie

    Why do we need a 'do-over'? Why not let the orignal vote count and be done with it?

    March 13, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. Ben

    Indeed. Imagine next primary season when all the other states realize they do not have to follow the rules.

    March 13, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. Teresa in Kansas

    Just split the delegates 50/50 and move on!!!

    March 13, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. ascencioncastaneda

    Thanks God now we do not have to hear your stuipid demand for revote. Case Closed no more barking from the Wolf. You Break the rule you pay the price.

    March 13, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. Dave in Florida

    I voted knowing my vote would'nt count because of them breaking the DNC rules. I do not want a revote in my state. What's done is done....The only reason why it's being brought up now is that Hilary needs us.

    Many people that were going to vote that day stayed home because of the vote not counting including my wife...Alot of Obama supporters stayed home because of the vote not counting.

    March 13, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. voice of reason, us Virgin Islands

    SPLIT THE VOTES IN HALF! Give half of MI + FL to each of the remaining candidates and then seat their delegates. That way everybody wins...

    Thank you Gov Dean for your FAIRNESS, WISDOM, and non-partisanship – you are truly the election doctor. I especially appreciate that you voted for neither candidate. Keep it honest, the whole world, again, is watching. Dean didn't make the rules: Florida Mich signed off on them, together with Obama and Clinton. Rules are rules

    To Florida and Michigan: Fire your elected officials the next time they are up for hire. Everybody I know personally stayed home because we thought it wouldn't count. What's next? Going to the supreme court to have them decide a state matter like 2000?

    March 13, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. Jeanne Beans

    Thank you God! There are actually some people in Fl with some common sense! Now we can close this chapter.

    Next time, pay attention to the rules and follow them instead of whining and expecting special treatment later.

    We are beyond allowing even the possibility of corrupt voting procedures...even in FL! 🙂

    March 13, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. karen hussein

    Why is florida always causing trouble with elections

    March 13, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. Chuck

    "We didn't mess up the primary, the REPUBLICANS did."

    "Vote for me, I'm a DEMOCRAT!"

    Think these folks are screwing the voters just so they can get votes come election time... SAD

    March 13, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. segun

    If we cannot trust florida with in person vote count how can we trust them with mail in vote. Let us remember 2000 election. We shouldn't be changing rule in the middle of the game. there should be no re-do

    March 13, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. John, Las Vegas, NV

    When I was a kid in Wisconsin, at picnics in the summer they would have piles of sawdust with pennies in them, and kids would dive in to see how much they could dig out. How about if in Florida the Dems have a big pile of chad with 100 pennies in it, and Hillary and Barack dive in and however many pennies they find, that's the percent of the delegates they get. Would be almost as much fun watching that as watching the utter chaos in the Democratic primary season.

    March 13, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  17. 4 Obama NC

    It's not a matter of a re-vote it's about the rules, FL an Mich broke them. I feel for the people but they too knew when they voted it would not count, and now you want them to pay for the politicians who jumped the gun. I seriously hope the people would wake to smell the coffee. There must be something in for them, not the people but for the politician. Well, better luck in four years, this time follow the rules.

    March 13, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. Lee

    Seat the delegates that they have now, it's unamerican not to count an election that has already been held, it would be unamerican not to honor the will of the people, the people of Florida have already spoken, shame on Howard Dean.

    March 13, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Nannie Turner

    Good,now we will see if Dean and the DNC have the backbone to seat these delegates.

    March 13, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. Sandy

    They are right to reject it. I wouldn't trust the Obama campaign or their Republican allies not to instill fraud in a mail-in vote.

    But Obama would be very very very foolish to disenfranchise Florida.
    He ran advertisements there, not HRC>

    March 13, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. ICL

    I submitted my comment but it was not posted. Can someone tell me why?

    March 13, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. Bill, Covington,LA

    Please explain to me in simple terms so I can understand.

    How could you give the people in Florida mail in ballots when they can't read a simple ballot or instructions. Think back to the 2000 election, then foreward to the 2004 election. Then you want them to vote on mail in ballots. They (democrats) dont have the brains to lick the envelope to seal it, and would probably neglect to enclose the ballot.

    March 13, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. WAKE UP!!!!

    They broke the rules and now they have to suffer the consequences!!!! Seat the delegates at the convention with neither candidate gaining an delegates.... FAIR IS FAIR....
    For all those that will say the Floridan will be upset that their votes were not counted, you must remember it is there political party in Florida fault not Hillary or Obama so please keep the hating on the candidates to a minimum. Remember, we must unite as one whenever a nominee is named!!!!!!!

    March 13, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. MP- Pennsylvania

    Great!!! Thanks for Dems in Florida thinking about the party. We need to set examples for others. We cannot correct one mistake with another mistake. At least Florida taught a very good lesson for everybody about breaking rules. Especially for the young generation. I know republicans would have like to go for a revote or anykind that will be a disgrace for the party in november

    March 13, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  25. Trev


    Who broke the rules? Was it the voters? Still waiting.......... Exactly.

    March 13, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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