Maine Democrats are going to vote on a bill that could change the face of politics in future elections.
Portland state Rep. Diane Russell has introduced the new rule, hoping that this will eliminate the so-called superdelegates for the next election period in 2020.
“We have a system of government where you have one person, one vote, by and large,” Russell says. “The primary system is not when that happens. And I think that we need to start moving toward a system that’s more fair, that’s more democratic and more reflective of the popular vote.”
The criticism and anger that surrounds superdelegates is resurrected every election year. Because superdelegates are not required to support the winner of the caucus or primary and they can choose whomever they want, they sometimes go against popular vote.
Russell wants to change that. Not only is she urging superdelegates to vote according to the winner of the caucus or primary in their state, but she’s hoping to strip them of their ability to go against the wishes of the voters in future elections—they will be allocated proportionately to a state’s caucus or primary results.
Of course, some of Sanders’ supporters want the delegate allocation to occur this year during the election process, but Russell believes that will start a floor fight. She wants to avoid forcing a delegate allocation this year, too, because it would actually put them at odds with the rules from the Democratic National Committee.
The likelihood that this would have much of an effect on this year’s results are slim to none—although nearly everyone can agree it’s entirely unfair that Sanders can win the majority of the votes but not receive the delegates.
Take this example from U.S. Uncut:
“This proposal comes in the wake of public outcry after Sanders received nearly double the votes of Hillary Clinton in the state’s caucus (64%-35%), but only 1 of the 5 available superdelegates. Clinton has secured three of the other Maine superdelegate endorsements, with one still remaining undeclared.”
This is especially true when there is undeniable evidence that there’s a backdoor deal going on between Hillary Clinton and the superdelegates that hold a large majority. In fact, Brad Deutsch, one of Sanders’ campaign lawyers, wrote a letter to DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in April, “[questioning] ‘serious apparent violations’ of campaign finance laws under a joint fundraising deal between Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.”
With sneaky deals and delegates that ignore the votes of the people, this rule seems long overdue.
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