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. Scott

    I still don't understand why these two states think that the party should pay for what is strictly a state error?

    March 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Jethro

    They should let everyone vote, not just Dems.

    March 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Beth, Michigan

    What does that mean, "Identify themselves as Democrats"?
    I never vote strictly by party, but rather for who I think is best qualified.
    What does that make me, unable to vote?

    March 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Anwar

    Where there is will there is a way.

    March 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Ryan Thiele-Omaha, NE

    Well I guess the Democrats ARE for change……change the rules in the middle. Is this really the kind of change we want in America? And now millions of dollars are going to be wasted for a re-do? Is this the kind of fiscal responsibility that we want in America? Not to mention that the outcome will really not matter all that much because the “super delegates” are going to pick the nominee anyway.

    March 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Ron, Las Vegas

    This doesn't seem to be fair. What about all the voters who would have voted in the democratic primary if it had counted, so they voted in the republican one instead? I am sure there would have been a large number of independents who would have voted in the Democratic Primary if it would have counted but voted in the Republican one instead.

    March 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Dennis

    I'm a little confused. I presume the Democratic Party paying for this redo is Michigan's Democratic Party, and not the DNC, which has said it isn't paying for new primaries.

    I find the requirements to vote interesting. It sounds like independents could vote before, but they may be excluded this time.

    March 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Chad

    I think we should all thank our great governor granholm... not even worthy of capitalizing her name! Michigan is in a "single state recession" and it is a shame that our voices are now "controversial".


    BARACK 08'

    Chad, Grand Rapids, MI

    March 14, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Dan, NJ

    The real story here is the Democratic Party WILL pay for the do-over, paving the way for the party to also pay for a Florida do-over. John McCain must love the fact that Dems will be using resources to take each other down instead of using those resources against him.

    Ms. Clinton gains the advantage of drawing this thing out a little further, though there is no chance she will receive 55% of a contested primary in Michigan. Obama gains the opportunity to win another swing state, this one with more favorable demographics for him than an Ohio or Penn.

    March 14, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. tired democrate

    Wow, can we just move forward. Just make it Obama/Hillary.

    March 14, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Will

    If it was counted as it was...where would 40% of the votes go? They should have a right for their vote to count if they want to count HRC's votes.

    DNC is holding Michigan to the rules, it's not the DNC's fault that Michigan wasn't following the rules.

    People need to learn to take responsibility to their own actions. The politicians can't blame the DNC when it's really their own fault for not fighting the decision to move the date up. They knew what would happen and didn't take any action to stop it.

    March 14, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Independent in California

    The answer was "no". The answer IS "no". The answer should continue to be "no".

    March 14, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Chuck in Oregon

    No, no, no... The original vote needs to be completely tossed out, not counted. If you were democratic and voted in the last election for a democrat then you cant vote again? Any one can go up and say,hey, I didnt vote in the Republican Primary, when in reality they did. Do you have a system in hand that you can use to verify who did and who did not vote? If not this will not work. You will have to completely forget the last Republican Primary as far as Democratic votes are concerned and let them all vote again, only if they are currently registered to vote as a Democrat. Other wise there are too many holes in this that leaves the new voting results in question.

    March 14, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Leah DiMarco, TX

    The results will still be unfair because the Rush republicans will vote for Billary in order to stop Senator Obama. The people that do that are very unAmerican for making a mockery of our democracy!

    McCain is AFRAID to go up against Obama – because McCain knows that Senator Obama is the better person for the job.

    March 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. ross

    How will the Michigan state legislature certify that people did not vote Republican because I'm pretty sure a lot of Limbaugh Republicans will be coming out the wood works to vote for Billary?

    March 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. ryan

    Sweet! Next time around I say California should move their primary to December 15th just for the hell of it. Or we could move it to the 15th and then shortly before the primary move it back to April 15th just to spice things up. SInce states can clearly do what ever the hell they want. Let just let Michigan and Florida pick the president. They did such a good job electing their state officials they should be able to handle this no problem.

    Here is another idea. Follow the rules you agreed to, suffer the consiquences for not, and becareful who you elect to run your state.

    March 14, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Michigan Jim

    That sounds fair enough to me, particularly in that those who voted in the Republican primary would not be allowed to vote again which would essentially grant them two votes.

    Our votes need to be counted fairly with BOTH candidates on the ballot – or not at all as was the original ruling.

    March 14, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. phillip, monterey ca


    OBAMA 08 YES WE CAN!!!!

    March 14, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. carrie

    i thought michigan was one of the poorest states in america,wit the poorset city detroit?why should the city spend millions of dollars,tax-payers har earned money on a re-do?because hillary says so.shows how much she cares.rules are rules
    you broke them
    buy of course hillary knows they can be bent to suit her at any time
    i feel sorry for my country and what it may turn to,

    March 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. DMAC/Post Falls, ID

    Let us all hope that both Michigan and FL can figure out how they can get votes counted. If they are left out then that makes us no better than some of the 3 rd world countries under dictators where only some people can vote or they have only one person.
    If these states can not be counted then this country should stay out of the politics of other countries and telling them how to handle voting. Like the Pot and Kettle.
    Every person has the right to vote and have their vote counted if they desire to vote. This could have been settled sometime ago if the DNC really wanted to other than throw their weight around –MACHO, MACHO. POWER, POWER PLAY

    March 14, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Steve in Seattle

    The perfect example of a "double standard". Do you really think that John McCain would have been placed on the ballot if he had attended a white supremecist church for over 20 years....whose racist pastor served as his coach and mentor? Not!

    March 14, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. carl

    he should be ashamed of his self.
    there should be a apology from pastor Wright to hillary clinton.

    obama need's to get out there an say how bad this is,

    what obama's pastor said is terrrible.

    PA should vote for hillary BIG TIME.

    March 14, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. someone smiling in Texas

    Here we go now with everything that you have seen and heard...the best choice is Hillary Clinton.

    March 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Henry

    The Party is not going to pay for another primary, full stop. Why even bother wasting everybodys time by creating and submitting this proposal?

    March 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Frank, MI

    Finally a vote for our state. I honestly think my vote was just fine the first time, but if the DNC isn't going to count it then they better give me the right to be heard a second time.
    All this is making a life long democrate seriously rethink even voting in the national election at all.

    March 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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