Sunday, August 24, 2008

Florida and Michigan delegates get full votes

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The Credentials Committee gave full voting status to all delegates from Michigan and Florida today, subject to approval by the whole convention tomorrow.

The convention credentials committee voted unanimously to restore the voting privileges at the behest of Barack Obama, the party's presumptive nominee for president. The states were initially stripped of delegates for holding primaries before Feb. 5. The party's rules committee restored the delegates in May, but gave them only half votes.
Restoring their voting rights increases the total number of delegate votes at the convention to 4,419. It will take 2,210 delegates to win the nomination.
We will only note the contradiction: Yesterday, Democrats agreed to form a commission to look at proposals, which, among others, tries to keep no state other than four from holding a primary before March. Today, they revoked the penalties for those states that violated the rules this year. Which sends what message to states looking to break the rules in 2012?