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It’s Official — the First Democratic Convention Just Abolished Superdelegates

Posted by on May. 8, 2016 at 8:37 AM
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An amendment to eliminate the influence of superdelegates just passed overwhelmingly at the Maine Democratic Party’s statewide convention.

Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland), who introduced the amendment, told US Uncut that the measure was passed by a single voice vote, followed by chants of “Ber-nie! Ber-nie!”

“I never expected this kind of response from the amendment,” Russell said in a phone interview. “I’m suddenly seen as the hero of the convention.”



The adoption of the amendment means that Maine’s superdelegate votes will now be allocated proportionally according to the overall popular vote, rather than each superdelegate having complete autonomy. Currently, three of Maine’s five superdelegates are supporting Hillary Clinton, with one supporting Bernie Sanders and one who remains uncommitted to either candidate. Under the new rules, Sanders, who won the Maine caucus with 64 percent of the vote, would have three superdelegates to Clinton’s two.

Another component of the amendment is that the Maine Democratic Party will now petition its Democratic National Committee members to move to get rid of the superdelegate system altogether, at the national level. The amendment is nonbinding for the 2016 election, but will take full effect in the 2020 election and every election thereafter.

“There was a lot of debate over whether or not to adopt it in 2016 or 2020,” said Russell, who wrote the amendment with the intention of not changing the rules in the current election. “Many wanted it to take effect this year.”

Rep. Russell added that some county delegates at the convention also opposed the amendment on the grounds of wanting to preserve the superdelegate system, but that their opinion “was not well-received by the convention.”

“Their arguments were basically ‘respect your elders’ and ‘remember McGovern,'” Russell said. “But if the party wants to engage and bring in younger people, they can’t turn around and tell them to wait their turn.”

“A lot of the millennials feel like they’re being talked down to,” She added.

While she’s happy with the success of her amendment, Russell said she wants to continue moving forward and eventually replace the delegate system altogether and choose the Democratic presidential nominee by popular vote.

“I hope people will stop focusing on the superdelegates themselves and instead focus on the system,” Russell said. “But that’s really something that has to happen at the national level.”





http://usuncut.com/politics/maine-democratic-party-just-got-rid-superdelegate-system/
by on May. 8, 2016 at 8:37 AM
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VooDooB
by The Corruptor on May. 8, 2016 at 10:15 AM

In the middle of the election year? That seems pretty crooked....

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on May. 8, 2016 at 11:26 AM
Won't work.

*eta - I read that wrong. Ignore.
PinkButterfly66
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2016 at 12:11 PM
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Lets get rid of delegates AND the electoral college and elect our candidates the same way we pick our elected officials by everyone going to the polls.  

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on May. 8, 2016 at 12:18 PM
I disagree. We do not need to change our Constitution. The electoral college was created and included for a reason. We don't need to change the bedrock of our country. We are not a democracy.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Lets get rid of delegates AND the electoral college and elect our candidates the same way we pick our elected officials by everyone going to the polls.  

PinkButterfly66
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2016 at 12:24 PM

We don't travel by horseback any more. THAT was the reason for the EC. The electoral college is outdated.

Quoting LauraKW: I disagree. We do not need to change our Constitution. The electoral college was created and included for a reason. We don't need to change the bedrock of our country. We are not a democracy.
Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Lets get rid of delegates AND the electoral college and elect our candidates the same way we pick our elected officials by everyone going to the polls.  


LauraKW
by "Dude!" on May. 8, 2016 at 12:29 PM
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So is the 2nd Amendment, but we don't need to do away with that either. We work with our foundation, we don't change it.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

We don't travel by horseback any more. THAT was the reason for the EC. The electoral college is outdated.

Quoting LauraKW: I disagree. We do not need to change our Constitution. The electoral college was created and included for a reason. We don't need to change the bedrock of our country. We are not a democracy.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Lets get rid of delegates AND the electoral college and elect our candidates the same way we pick our elected officials by everyone going to the polls.  

BluesPagan2.0
by IWantTacos on May. 8, 2016 at 1:29 PM

The Constitution was made so that it could be amended which means that it was meant to be changed as the times change.  

Quoting LauraKW: So is the 2nd Amendment, but we don't need to do away with that either. We work with our foundation, we don't change it.
Quoting PinkButterfly66:

We don't travel by horseback any more. THAT was the reason for the EC. The electoral college is outdated.

Quoting LauraKW: I disagree. We do not need to change our Constitution. The electoral college was created and included for a reason. We don't need to change the bedrock of our country. We are not a democracy.
Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Lets get rid of delegates AND the electoral college and elect our candidates the same way we pick our elected officials by everyone going to the polls.  


LauraKW
by "Dude!" on May. 8, 2016 at 1:50 PM
And I agree with the people as a whole following the requirements to amend portions of the Constitution. I don't agree with dismantling one of the basic tenets of the Constitutuion. I am not a fan of the electoral college as it now functions so let's bring it into this millennium. We should never take the idea of amending the Constitutution lightly. Amendments should be a last resort, not a knee jerk reaction to a current situation.

Quoting BluesPagan2.0:

The Constitution was made so that it could be amended which means that it was meant to be changed as the times change.  

Quoting LauraKW: So is the 2nd Amendment, but we don't need to do away with that either. We work with our foundation, we don't change it.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

We don't travel by horseback any more. THAT was the reason for the EC. The electoral college is outdated.

Quoting LauraKW: I disagree. We do not need to change our Constitution. The electoral college was created and included for a reason. We don't need to change the bedrock of our country. We are not a democracy.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Lets get rid of delegates AND the electoral college and elect our candidates the same way we pick our elected officials by everyone going to the polls.  

broboxer
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2016 at 5:55 PM
It takes effect in 2020.

Quoting VooDooB:

In the middle of the election year? That seems pretty crooked....

MyMyOhMy
by Gold Member on May. 8, 2016 at 6:38 PM

You did notice it doesn't start until 2020?

How would it be "crooked?"

Quoting VooDooB:

In the middle of the election year? That seems pretty crooked....


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