Friday, January 04, 2008

Michigan Democratic Party officials: Don't write in your candidate if they're not on the ballot

WE'VE MOVED! Democratic Convention Watch is now at

From today's Saginaw News:

Her choices are those who remain on the ballot -- U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio -- or to vote uncommitted.

"Those are none of my choices to be president of the United States," the retired Bridgeport Township accountant said. "So what do I do? Do I not vote?"

For certain, Crawford and others who find themselves similarly puzzled should not write in their pick. State Democratic Party officials are telling voters not to write in the names of any of the four who have dropped out.

"We don't want people to waste their vote by casting a write-in that won't count," said Jason Moon, a spokesman for the state party in Lansing.

The article goes on to suggest that people vote "Uncommitted" which can free up delegates for the convention if at least 15% vote this way.

Update: There's an interesting discussion about Florida and Michigan delegations over at MyDD. We're going to have more on what could happen to the delegates from these states, and we'll be a little more serious than worrying about where they'll be sleeping. - Matt


Anonymous said...

This whole new election system (early primaries) is going to be very interesting. People are just now realizing that who they vote for isn't necessarily who gets their vote, and that back-room shenanigans plague both parties.