The super delegate needs to be removed from the Democratic party presidential primary process. Our party’s platform has a long history of fighting for voting rights. The current presidential primary system makes it more difficult for an individuals’ votes to count. It seems the party only wants the voters’ voices to be heard during a presidential election when the candidate has already been chosen for us through the use of super delegates – which flies in the face of everything our political process stands for. We have a system that allows certain people in our party to cast a vote for a presidential primary candidate who the people did not support. They commit to a presidential primary candidate before the election has even taken place. You talk about suppressing the voters’ voices!
Yesterday on Morning Joe, they spoke about this issue with our party. They commented on how they thought the Democratic primary system is rigged against voters. It is a system in favor of the rich, powerful and politically connected. Watch Morning Joe’s video. Bernie Sanders wins Wyoming by 12% points but he loses Wyoming to Hillary Clinton, how is this system not rigged? The people voted for Sanders — yet Clinton walks away with more delegates. Does the party only want our votes to count in a General Election for the candidate that they choose for us?
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida congresswoman and Democratic Party chair, made it clear as to why the party has super delegates.
“Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists.”
If we want all voters’ voices to count, then we need to change our election system.
I wanted to get my campaign finance report completed as early as possible, the deadline is January 20, 2016. I had many issues during the 2014 election with filing the 8 day and 30 day reports. The state switched over to a new system and there was an issue with it. The system carried over all primary contributions into the general election which made it appear that a candidate was over their legal allowed amount of $600.00 even though they were not. The Department of Elections had to go into my account and manually fix my reports. I was told it was a glitch and this is what happens with a new system.
So 1 1/2 years later, I went to file my campaign finance report and all the general election contributions from 2014 have carried over into the new election cycle. The new election cycle started January 1, 2015. At this point, it appears, because of the issue, that someone may have contributed to your campaign for this election cycle but in reality they did not. Our total cumulative amount for certain contributors is incorrect and this needs to be addressed. I have reported the issue to the Department of Elections and they are working on it. I wanted to let all candidates know that this is an issue.