Democrat Elected and Super Delegate System April 14, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
I looked up Democrat super delegates today. About 20 percent of the total delegates who will attend this summer’s convention are “unpledged” (super delegates) and free to vote for whichever candidate they want, regardless of who won in their state or district.
From what I read, the super delegate system was developed in 1980s as a way for party leaders to provide some “guidance to voters” (in other words, ‘decide who will run’) when it came to nominating candidates who could hold their own against Republicans in the general election. That alone is PLAIN WRONG.
The following is what I meant by them getting two votes.
Let’s say I’m a voter in Illinois. I’m also running to be a Hillary delegate. Come Election Day in March, I vote for Hillary and I win the delegate race. So far I’ve had One Vote.
Come convention time I get to vote on the first ballot for Hillary in the name of Illinois. I ‘could’ however, change my mind after seeing Bernie doing so well, change sides and vote for Bernie on the first ballot. That would be TWO votes (this would be like every citizen changing their minds months after March primary).
If nobody wins on the first ballot, there will be another vote where every delegate (elected or not) gets to Vote AGAIN. Let’s say that neither candidate is liked (Hillary or Bernie), so somebody nominates Joe Biden to be our nominee. All delegates get, once again, another vote. They get to vote for Hillary, Bernie or Joe. I as an elected delegate continue voting for Hillary throughout the process. However, all the Super delegates and the majority of other elected delegates decide they will override who the American’s voted for and they vote for Joe who didn’t even run for office (sort of like what could happen in the Republican Primary convention and COULD happen this year with Bernie).
They’ve all gotten at least two or more votes throughout the primary election process whereas Joe Blow in downstate Illinois only got ONE VOTE, that day in March.
This year, Hillary has the majority of super delegates supporting her on the first ballot but neither her or Bernie reach the number required, so another vote is taken. This time however, the super delegates and some of the elected delegates are convinced by Bernie to vote for him instead of Hillary – giving Bernie the election.
Now, I just happen to be a fan of Bernie’s so I’d be very happy about such a case. However, if the situation were reversed I’d be very upset that a stranger TOOK MY VOTE AWAY by ignoring it.
Basically, a handful of people have the power to elect whoever they want as our candidate. This is plain wrong. Even if it hasn’t happen so far, the simple fact that hundreds of super delegates “endorsing” a specific person from the day they announce they are running – can INFLUENCE other voters into believing THEIR guy/gal, hasn’t a chance of winning, so they vote for the one the super’s are supporting. This is also wrong.
In either case, those super delegates can put either Hillary or Bernie over the number required to win on the first ballot. Super delegates get TWO votes no matter what. They can vote for Hillary in March but decide that Bernie is best candidate and vote for him at convention. The rest of us can’t ‘change our minds’ later.
Why not make it simple, if you want to stick to this plan. Supers cannot ‘endorse’ who they will vote for till the convention and elected delegates MUST stick to whomever they said they would vote for.
Make it even more simple — popular vote WINs period, both in the primaries and general elections. There is no need for delegates except maybe one per state to represent their State at the convention. This could even eliminate a convention all together, saving millions of dollars. No need for Electoral College either. Those were created because travel was hard back in the old, old days. Travel is easy now.
It’s no wonder people FEEL their votes don’t count, because in some cases they could be right. Another thought for you, those super delegates (714) of the power of Illinois, Florida and California + delegates combined. That’s just not right.
Am I wrong?