March 14th, 2008
09:57 AM ET
12 years ago

New Michigan primary proposal takes shape

(CNN) - A proposal is taking shape for Michigan Democrats to hold a new presidential primary, a Democratic source close to the negotiations says, after the national Democratic Party refused to recognize the results of their first vote two months ago.

Under the proposal, the state of Michigan would hold a new primary on June 3, and the Democratic Party would reimburse the state for the cost of running the election, ensuring the state had the cash in hand before voting began.

The Democratic National Committee refused to recognize the results of the primary Michigan held on Jan. 15 because it allowed only four states – not including Michigan – to hold primaries before Feb. 5.

Many Democratic presidential contenders had their names taken off Michigan's ballot after the DNC decision, including Sen. Barack Obama. Sen. Hillary Clinton did not remove her name from the ballot, and won 55 percent of the vote. Some 40 percent of Michigan Democrats filed ballots declaring themselves "uncommitted."

The Michigan state legislature would have to push the plan through by next Thursday

Michigan voters wanting to cast ballots in the new primary would have to identify themselves as Democrats and certify that they did not vote in the state's Republican primary in January. Michigan normally does not require party identification in primary elections.

South Dakota is also slated to hold its Democratic primary June 3.

- CNN's John Roberts

Filed under: Michigan
soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Christiaan, Norman, OK

    Obama supporters should sweat this one too much...after all, she did only get half of the vote when she was the only one on the ballot.

    Seriously, how bad do you have to suck to have as many people say "anyone but you"?

    March 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Rosalie

    Michigan and Florida need to do a FULL

    March 14, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Jesus

    Good idea! I think a NEW set of results is the most fair way to fix this problem. Let's see if Florida can get their act together in time...mail-in votes are not as safe as a NEW set of primary votes.

    Caucuses should be replaced by voting primaries...we don't want to favor one candidate over another in any way. I think Florida needs to call Michigan up and get their formula to fix both states!

    Way to go Michigan for defending its peoples right to vote!

    March 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Ellie

    I don't feel that the DNC should pay for a Re-Vote in Michigan.

    I feel Governor Granholm created this mess in HER state by violating the rules, so therefore, the STATE of MICHIGAN should PAY for the re-vote.

    It was Granholm who silenced her residents, so she should clearly step up and PAY for her decision.

    Michigan residents should demand that their Governor be held accountable and she should RIGHT their wrong by paying for this mess.


    March 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Rosalie

    Michigan and Florida need to do a FULL REVOTE. That means erase the previous vote and start from scratch. Put both candidates' name on the ballots and let the people vote - those who voted before and those who didn't. That is the only fair way to count everyone's votes. Voters from both states are more than willing to do this again if it means their votes will count.

    March 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Jeff an Independent

    Yea! As an Obama supporter from South Dakota, this will be fun. Barack will take two important states on the same day – and clinch this thing. Yippee!

    March 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. dajack

    Why should the Democratic Party have to reimburse the state? The Michigan state legislature is responsible for this.

    Doesn't make sense.

    March 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. rayjay

    Flood gates will open and the flood will be worst than Katrina.
    Can you not make a disition and stick to it?
    God you Dem. just cant stand prosparity. This will be your undoing. Next elections will be chalanged and changed and it will be a mess.
    Dean, I thought you had more ball to back the dicision on this issue. To quote Buggs "what a maroon"

    March 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. kevin from alaska

    MI & FL can vote as soon as Hillary turns in her tax returns.

    Here's what we'll find out: she gets money from the Saudi Royal Family.

    Saudi Arabia has horrible womens' rights (they can't even drive), has a vested interest in an American occupation in Iraq (they benefit from the power vacuum and America's intervention in the region), and they gave Osama Bin Laden his money (Osama's father made billions working for the Saudi gov't).

    Hillary/Dubai 08

    March 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Ernest

    GO OBAMA!! DNC get your act together, a rule is a rule. The best solution is to divide the delegates equally. Senator Clinton is looking more like a cry baby.

    March 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. STL mom

    This baffles me. The DNC decided that netiher of these states would be allowed to participate, and now they are going to PAY for them to have a re-do? It is completely ridiculous! There is no follow-through!

    March 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Indie in Iowa

    Good, every vote should count. I am glad that Dean (who made the mess in the first place) is finally doing something to fix it. Now Florida.....

    March 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. MO

    I think we focus too much on non issues and leave the main issues behind.
    We should remember these:
    1. We are fighting 2 wars.
    2. The economy is in recession.
    3. Immigration issues.
    4. Our national debt and image in the world.
    5. Home foreclosures.

    We need to be asking these candidates real issues. The media in this country is all messed up. I listen to BBC daily and I hear real world issues not who the Governor is sleeping with.

    March 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Hillary The True Winner!

    Good! let the votes be counted this Time, and Hillary will win these 2 states!

    March 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. D. A

    Let me understand this. Michigan's penalty for violating DNC rules is to repay them millions for a redo. How foul can you get???

    March 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. RH

    Great. Reward them by handing them even more influence than they had orginally sought to gain by moving up their primary in the first place. What a great message to send: Break the rules and call the shots.

    March 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. CB

    Michigan voters wanting to cast ballots in the new primary would have to identify themselves as Democrats and certify that they did not vote in the state's Republican primary in January. So, I am supposed to believe everyone in Michigan is truthful? This already stinks to high heaven with voter fraud. While we are at it, Will those Republicans that voted in the January primary be allowed to change to a democrat and vote again too? Just because Hillary says so, Michigan and Florida are contemplating a re-vote? I thought Howard Dean was the DNC boss. Hillary's name should not have been on the ballot in Michigan in the first place. Hillary Clinton is becoming more Hillary “X” with her "By any means necessary" mentality.

    March 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Slick Hilly

    Oops. Looks like they're serious about re-doing this primary. I didn't really want a do-over, I just wanted to complain about it.

    Clearly, even though I was the only person on the ballot and still only managed to get 55% of the vote, I'm entitled to all of the delegates. So why waste time with a new primary? It's because I'm a woman, isn't it?

    March 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. JC

    The DNC already said that they would not pay for a redo. Reimbursement would be no different.

    My grandfather once told me that he could beat me in any game I long as he could make up the rules. Sounds like Hillary has heard this as well. Trying to change the rules mid-game to favor her. I didn't see her trying to change the rules when they were made OVER A YEAR AGO. In fact, I didn't hear her crying foul until she was behind in delegates.

    March 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. woogie

    How exactly do you "identify" yourself as a Democrat?

    How exactly do you "certify" you didn't vote in the Republican primary?

    This primary promotes voter fraud by allowing people who voted Republican the first time around to vote Democrat this time and have their votes counted twice.

    The first primary was an open primary. There's no way that this re-vote can ever be fair.

    March 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. karen hussein

    I am very happy to see that Michigan will revote, especially since this state will go Obama

    March 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. mike

    Let me get this straight. 4049 total delegates, and 2025 needed to nominate with 800 super-delegates. Meaning there are actually 3249 "real" proportional delegates and 800 "created" delegates.

    Supposedly the 800 super-delegates are required to get one or the other candidate to 2025, but if they didn't exist in the first place the magic number would be 1625, not 2025. So, the super-delegates exist because of the number, and the number exists because of the super-delegates? Is this democracy, or allowing our choices to be determined by a privledged few? When did we vote for these folks to be super-delegates?

    March 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Evan

    It was not "many" candidates that took their name off the ballot, it was everyone except Hillary. Also, it should be noted that Hillary signed a pledge saying she "would not participate" in Michigan's primary at the beginning of the campaign.

    March 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Obama supporter in Indiana

    OK , either I am utterly stupid or completely naive, or perhaps both. Why in god's name is ok to vote the second time because you didn't like the outcome or the circumstances in the original vote? No one was lied to or duped the first time, the state party leaders, the candidates and the voters new what the conditions of the primary were. Do we really get to vote as often as we want to until we get the outcome that the party powers behind the scenes want?

    If this was happening in a foreign country we would be rejecting and repudiating all over the place.

    I also fail to understand why MI and FL agreed to the conditions in the first place and then why they proceeded to hod a meaningless primary. Did they not know that it would be a disaster?

    These states need to cut their losses and voice their opinions at the ballot box in their next state elections for governor.

    March 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Matt, Nebraska

    Pay attention Obama fans.

    Hillary is about to steal this thing right under your nose.

    March 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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