August 24th, 2008
03:42 PM ET
9 years ago

Full voting rights restored to Florida and Michigan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Former Democrat from Florida

    It is too late for me. I have become an Independent and McCain will get my, my sister, and my cousin's vote.

    August 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Kim, Dallas, TX

    These blogs sure give you an idea of how sick some people in our country really are. I will pray for the first entry who thinks hatred is rampant and implies killing will solve things. Geez, people on here are just downright scary.

    I guess brainwashing plays a part in this; as I have always been in favor of Obama maybe I just don't get it. Or could it be that both of our sides just don't get it. Hillary's camp was so negative and divisive. Look at the hatred she has stirred up. Even though I really didn't care for her tactics I would have voted for her due to her similar Democratic views. Those of you who are so adamant to hold Obama responsible for everything that happened this election cycle need to evaluate what is most important to you. He had nothing to do with the voting, the way these two states defied the rules, and how the decision was finalized. He was not responsible for Hillary's failed financial and leadership campaign. He played by honest rules which Hillary tried to change every step of the way. It baffles me how you can hold him responsible for her failure as a leader. She couldn't even lead her own campaign.

    August 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Texico From Mexico

    First of all people Michigan and Florida did NOT FOLLOW THE RULES that were in place! Don't blame the DNC or Obama! Blame your own states and take some respnsibility. The bottom line is half of these Hillary supportes are just pissed because she didnt win. I would bet you anthing that had the been fully seeded and she still lost there would just be another excuse out there. LISTEN UP ALL YOU PUMA, HILLARY SUPPORTERS....PLEASE GO VOTE FOR McCain! You are not Democrats anyway...Clinton will be how old in 4 years? What 65+ years old? Trust me, she had no shot this time and will have not shot in 2012! Do you know how hard it is to get an incumbent out of office? Hmmm....go back to Carter, because the ONLY reason Clinton beat Bush Sr. in 92 was because of Ross Perot! Wake up and let it go! You are either for getting rid of the current regime and the one that will look exactly the same or you are not.

    August 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. obama/not biden '08

    good.hopefully we'll get a little more unity out of this, to make up for the huge loss we'll suffer for picking the low-road guy,biden.

    August 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Dia Akin

    Let clear something up. She start pushing for full reinstatment when she realized that she needed them to win...NOT shortly after the primaries began.

    Rules were broken people. If it was my way, their votes wouldnt count at all. You cant go against rules and then cry foul when you're penalized for it. NO other state over stepped their boundaries so why is MI and FL so special? And Im FROM Michigan!

    With this logic, our judicial system would be worst than it is now. Inmates feeling like they're being wronged when they received their sentence for their crimes. She lost fair and square. ACCEPT it!

    August 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Harriet

    As a former Clinton supporter, I am still mad about this Michigan and Florida situation. I don't think giving them full votes would have helped Clinton win though. I will hold my nose and vote for Obama, because after all, he has good ideas and he supports my beliefs.

    August 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. William, from Cali!

    More democRATic , "flop-flipping, flip-flop" !..............................nothing more, nothing less..........What's next?

    August 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Lisa

    Hillary 08!

    August 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Ginger, NY

    OK-we can still nominate Hillary-let's go delegates!

    August 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Tom in Delaware

    Ahh...the icing on the cake. Now the door is open for any state to move up their primary election dates to get their self-entitled part of the cash prize that these contests have become. In trying to please everybody the Democrats have instead angered everyone.

    I've never been a Hillary fan but WOW, what a double slap in the face this weekend. If those voted had been counted back at the end of last winter, the groundswell created would have turned the tide for her instead of Obama. This is turning into a real Greek tragedy, and it's going to carry over to the convention floor now for sure.

    The best outcome for the Republicans would be...well...this is the best possible outcome. The only thing that could be worse is if Pee Wee Herman came forward to say that he had a secret affair with Barack right after the convention.

    The McCain campaign would be guilty of malpractice to not have a field-day with this news!

    August 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Dale

    I guess this is another political ploy to keep hillary out of the race. Party unity everyone says, this is a slam to unity. Hillary , all i can say ma'am, stick in there . Like Mcain accused Obama for not selecting Hillary, i say "ditto" likewise to the DNC for this action. I just hope this next week goes smoothly for the clintons. If not everyone knows who to blame.........I really do not know how i will vote now – my party wants to be fair when it wants to i guss.

    August 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Task

    It's just a pathetic attempt to pretend he actually cares about voter's rights. He was 100% behind the decision to disenfranchise voters in Michigan and Florida. He opposed every attempt to get them counted. Now that he needs those votes he's pertending he actually cares. What a hypocrite.

    August 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. obama/not biden '08

    good everyone should be wont help make up the numbers we'll lose when biden takes us to the low-road.

    August 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. GET REAL!!!!!!!!

    OH MY GOD I AM SOO FURIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    BO IS A LIAR!!!

    BO= L.I.A.R.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    August 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. brontebroussard

    Obama, Dean, Pelosi: they can't even lead their party. How are they going to run the country?

    August 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. GWW

    Most unfortunately the Clintons never go away. They don't go home. They follow you home. When Hillary won the NY Senate seat she held her victory press conference at the same moment as her rival's concession speech - never allowing him to concede with dignity. When they left the White House they had a big deal rally in NY at the airport - not allowing the newly elected President to have the spotlight on his "first" day. Who is surprised by their behavior as they once again focus the light on themselves for this convention - which, by their very prominent presence, makes it a rerun. Tuned out.

    August 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Get Real


    How dare! you d__ people keep complaining. Florida and Michigan knew they were breaking the rules when they moved their primary up early....Hillary even admitted the states should be punished.

    It was only after she realized that on "Super Tuesday" she was not going to lock up the race as she had planned...that she begin to complain...WELL let it be known.....SHE ,,,Hillary last lost the AFRICAN American community for ever...because of mess like this and her idiot husband, even if she ran in 2012....she will not get the AA votes in large numbers as did her husband. They have apparently forgotten that if not for the African American community...Bill Clinton would not have been re-eelcted his second term...

    So you angry Hillary supporter.....go and vote for's apparent that you're not concern about the state of this country, the ecomony, our boys and girls in harms way, people losing their homes....You're only concern about a WOMAN being elected president.....

    August 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Russell

    More kissing Clinton butt – enough already, she's not the queen!

    August 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Raymond Duke

    I knew this would happen. You noticed the Obama campagin and the Democrat leadership committee fought this with tooth and nail until they could eliminate Hillary Clinton and deny her the democrat nomination. Now they want to recognize all the delegates since they have got the nomination tied up for Obama. Never mind that both states was won by large margins for Hillary. Go ahead and join this farce of a nomination if you want to and vote for this man. Any Hillary Clinton supporter that votes for this selected nominee and the democrat leadership party needs to play the part of the fool. Surely if they do than they are the fools that Obama , his campagin and the democrat leadership party sees them as.

    August 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Clinton/McCain

    How convienient. Maybe I will vote for Obama in the general after I've voted for McCain. Oh that's right you can only vote once. Oh well.

    August 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Ms. Vee

    WOMEN.... Men & Republicans have always replied on your ability to be concentrate on the very small issue, HRC will not be president now 2012 or ever.

    Most men & smart DEMS know this. They can depend that you will watch most women's rights go out the window, because your EGO is bruised. Let's see, take 2 steps forward and 10 steps backwards.

    Say good-bye to Hillary and Hello to back alley ABORTIONS, Say Hello to the "poor soldiers" who will continue ANY war we can get involved in. Say Hello to the VETS new boss (J McCain), he promises to keep them active.

    Let's not forget "its the economy stupid". McCain may have from 7-11 homes (he can't remember) however, you'll remember monthly. He wants to get rid of teachers and people who are deemed not to be good in their job ex. teachers (who's the judge on good/bad employees).

    WOMEN..LOOK DEEP BEFORE YOU LEAP. Fight for a worthy cause Rush Limbaugh makes a fool of women regularly (remarks on Mrs. Edwards). McCain has no interest in having birth control paid by the insurance companies, yet VIAGRA is paid by them.

    Let's show these boys we have indeed moved from the "Susie Homemaker Kichen" to the Board Room /Oval Office, and we have the ability to follow the rules that are established.

    August 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Griffin

    I hope every single voter in those two states votes for McCain. I would actually have to laugh my @ss off, it would be so hilarious.

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

    That's really nice, Obama. I bet all your fans aren't going to talk about how the two states need to be penalized about breaking the rules since it's convenient for him. What freaking crap.

    August 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. James From Chicago

    If they count then Hillary gets the nimination.

    August 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Sean

    It's a regular Hillary Love Fest in here... You know you guys can support one person without being hateful to the other, right?

    August 24, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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