PETITION: Supporting VT Resolution on Superdelegates
We, the undersigned Vermonters, call on our town delegates and other Vermont delegates to the Vermont Democratic Party to support a resolution requiring superdelegates in each state vote in the same proportion as the results of the Vermont Democratic Presidential Primary election. The health of our democracy is threatened by a presidential primary system that is rigged to favor party establishment candidates and ignores the will of millions of voters. To build a more democratic system in Vermont and around the country, we ask you to support this resolution to change the delegate process.
Promotion of Fair Representation by Unpledged
Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates (“Superdelegates”)
This Resolution relates to the status and authority of Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates (“Superdelegates”) and is offered for consideration at the Vermont Democratic Party Convention 2016 State Convention on May 22, 2016 at the
Barre Opera House, in Barre, Vermont.
This resolution is to help ensure that Democratic Party Rules, both National and State, creating and granting voting powers to certain Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates (commonly called “superdelegates”) do not unfairly distort the desires of the voters as expressed in votes cast at a presidential primary or caucus.
Be it RESOLVED by the delegates to the Vermont Democratic Party 2016 State Convention that, recognizing the limitations imposed by existing national party rules in the 2016 delegate selection process and the inherent unfairness of changing delegate selection procedures after the selection process is underway, the rules should not change the voting power of superdelegates in 2016; and
Be it further RESOLVED that the assembled delegates are aware that the stated preferences of Vermont’s superdelegates to 2016 National Democratic Convention are generally in proportion to the results of Vemont Democratic Presidential Primary election and Vermont’s superdelegates are urged confer and voluntarily vote for presidential candidates at the national convention in the same relative proportion as the popular vote in the Vermont Democratic primary election; and
Be it further RESOLVED that beginning with the 2020 presidential election cycle, the Vermont Democratic Party and National Democratic Party should amend their rules and delegate selection plans to require that superdelegates be bound on a first ballot to cast their votes in the same proportion as the popular vote in their home state primary election or nominating caucus; and
Be it further RESOLVED that beginning with the 2020 presidential election cycle, should the National Democratic Party fail to amend their rules and delegate selection plans to allow superdelegates to be bound on a first ballot to cast their votes in the same proportion as the popular vote in their home state primary election or nominating caucus then the Vermont Democratic Party shall amended rules will require superdelegates to declare their presidential candidate preference to the State Party Chair at the opening of the state convention, with the Chair directed to take those preferences into account in allocating pledged national convention delegates among presidential candidates so as to maintain a fair reflection of the votes in the same proportion as the popular vote in their home state primary election or nominating caucus; and
Be it further RESOLVED that the rules should require that superdelegates be released from their first ballot obligation if the presidential nomination is already decided, by number of delegates pledged to a candidate as the results of primary elections and caucuses or by concession of competing candidates, by the time of the national convention; and
Be it finally RESOLVED that the Vermont Democratic Party’s representatives to the Democratic National Committee are urged to propose and support changes in delegate selection process so as require that superdelegates in each state to vote in the same relative proportion as the popular vote in the Presidential primary or caucuses of the state they represent at least on a first ballot at the Democratic National Convention.
Moved by: Scott Garren, Shrewsbury
Seconded by: Claudia Pringles, Montpelier
Alexander Lee, Jericho
Betty Frye, Guilford
James Haslam, Burlington
Noah Detzer, Hartford
Bruce W. Sargent, Montpelier
Laura Simon, Hartford
Ed Clark, Guildhall