Maine Dems Vote to Bind Superdelegates to Caucus Results
Democrats in Maine have devised a plan to force the state’s superdelegates to vote based on the state’s presidential caucuses. The plan will not affect the 2016 election, but would go into effect by 2020.
The Hill reports:
The amendment to state party rules is not binding in the 2016 election, but will take effect in 2020, according to U.S. Uncut. It also urges the national Democratic Party to do away with superdelegates completely.
The proposal, sponsored by state Rep. Diane Russell, also encourages the superdelegates to support the candidate who won Maine’s caucuses in March. Bernie Sanders won the caucuses by a large margin, getting 64.3 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press.
Democratic superdelegates, who are mostly party officials and lawmakers, are free to vote for any candidate at the Democratic National Convention. The overwhelming majority have endorsed party front-runner Hillary Clinton.
In Maine, there are currently five superdelegates who are free to vote for a candidate of their choosing.
Three of Maine’s superdelegates are supporting Clinton, according to the Portland Press Herald. One superdelegate is backing Sanders and helping to lead his campaign in Maine. The state’s fifth superdelegate is uncommitted.
“The reason that I have put this in is we have heard from people all across the state about how frustrated they are that you can actually have a popular vote where 63 percent of the delegates go to one candidate, and yet superdelegates are not voting in proportion to that,” Russell said.
“I want to fix it.”
Russell said there was debate over whether the rule should be adopted in the 2016 or 2020 election, according to U.S. Uncut.
“Many wanted it to take effect this year,” she said.
She also said although some county delegates didn’t approve of the amendment, their view “was not well-received by the convention.”
“Their arguments were basically ‘respect your elders’ and ‘remember McGovern,'” she said.
“But if the party wants to engage and bring in younger people, they can’t turn around and tell them to wait their turn.
“A lot of the millennials feel like they’re being talked down to.”
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