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Superdelegates not supporting their constituents becomes an issue

U.S. Democratic presidential candidates: Hillary Clinton and
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
Photo credit: © Reuters

– Editor’s Note
As votes are being cast this week through May 24th for the WA Primary mail-in ballots, WA Superdelegates not supporting the will of the voters has become a key issue in this state.

As the Yelm Area Caucus Coordinator (ACC) for the Democratic Caucus, I was very disappointed going into that process to learn that a majority of our state’s Super Delegates had previously committed to support Hilary Clinton prior to the caucus, and still remain so after this state overwhelmingly caucused their support for Bernie Sanders. This demonstrates that they are more concerned with their own allegiances rather than supporting the will of the people. Therefore, I support getting rid of the caucus process in Washington and going to a pure vote Primary. If our Superdelegates can cast their support to a candidate prior to the state’s caucus, then the caucus process in this state need to end.

– “Gig Harbor attorney wants superdelegates to feel financial pain — if they’re supporting Clinton”
* Washington has 17 superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention
* Most support Hillary Clinton, despite Bernie Sanders winning state’s caucuses
* Plan would deny party support to superdelegates who don’t vote for Sanders
By Melissa Santos, Tacoma News Tribune.
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– “In revolt against party rules, Maine Democrats vote to strip superdelegates of power”
“Maine Democrats delivered a rebuke to their party’s system of superdelegates on Saturday by adopting a proposal at their state convention to reduce the clout of unpledged elected officials and party insiders.

The adopted proposal strips power from superdelegates by requiring the state party chairman to account for their preferences and ensure the delegation sent to the national convention reflects the outcome of the state vote,” quoting the Chicago Tribune.
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Posted by Steve on May 13, 2016 at 7:28 am | Permalink

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