Superdelegate Resolution - Rights and Democracy

Superdelegate Resolution

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.
 
Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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.
 
Resolution
 
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
 
Cosponsors:
Alexander Lee, Jericho
Betty Frye, Guilford
James Haslam, Burlington
Noah Detzer, Hartford
Bruce W. Sargent, Montpelier
Laura Simon, Hartford
Ed Clark, Guildhall
 
 
 

Who's signing

Barbara Yordy
Marjorie Kramer
Jennifer Overton
SharonRacusin Srac-Usin
Karen Robin
Roger Hill
Peg Richards
John Norris
Kevin Tole
Maria Berger
Erin Stillson Wolf
Billie Davis
Steve Muratore
Amy Todisco
Heidi Mahoney
Ellen Gittelsohn
Jan Cannon
Cynthia Braren
Kathleen Moore
Grant Taylor
Andrea Melville
carol palombo
Jennifer Quavelin
Allison Beach
Gordon Barber
350 signatures

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  • Barbara Yordy
    signed via 2017-01-30 13:01:45 -0500
    Bee Yordy
  • Marjorie Kramer
    signed 2016-06-30 23:26:20 -0400
    The election system could use even more simplification. Electoral College should be removed.
  • Jennifer Overton
    signed via 2016-05-30 10:27:18 -0400
  • SharonRacusin Srac-Usin
    signed 2016-05-29 13:11:38 -0400
    Sharon Racusin
  • Karen Robin
    signed 2016-05-25 19:43:55 -0400
  • Roger Hill
    signed 2016-05-25 16:30:09 -0400
  • Peg Richards
    signed 2016-05-24 00:39:08 -0400
    GREAT! I’m all for it! Thanks.
  • John Norris
    signed 2016-05-23 12:22:32 -0400
  • Kevin Tole
    signed 2016-05-23 11:25:42 -0400
    I think the whole delegate system should be removed. The vote of the people should be the only measure of how a politician is elected
  • Maria Berger
    signed 2016-05-23 07:50:39 -0400
    Maria Berger
  • Erin Stillson Wolf
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-23 06:48:55 -0400
    Sign the petition: Superdelegate Resolution
  • Erin Stillson Wolf
    @fullcirclewoman tweeted link to this page. 2016-05-23 06:48:51 -0400
  • Erin Stillson Wolf
    signed via 2016-05-23 06:48:06 -0400
  • Billie Davis
    signed 2016-05-23 02:27:58 -0400
  • Steve Muratore
    @AzEagletarian tweeted link to this page. 2016-05-23 02:01:15 -0400
  • Steve Muratore
    signed 2016-05-23 02:00:50 -0400
  • Amy Todisco
    signed 2016-05-22 21:37:46 -0400
  • Heidi Mahoney
    signed 2016-05-22 14:15:51 -0400
  • Ellen Gittelsohn
    signed 2016-05-22 12:31:59 -0400
  • Jan Cannon
    signed 2016-05-22 12:17:55 -0400
    Jan Cannon
  • Cynthia Braren
    signed 2016-05-22 11:48:15 -0400
  • Kathleen Moore
    signed 2016-05-22 11:25:34 -0400
    kathleen moore
  • Grant Taylor
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-22 10:26:58 -0400
    Sign the petition: Superdelegate Resolution VERMONT!!
  • Grant Taylor
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    Sign the petition: Superdelegate Resolution VERMONT!! http://www.radvt.org/superdelegate_resolution?recruiter_id=2867
  • Grant Taylor
    signed 2016-05-22 10:26:35 -0400
    Grant Taylor
  • Andrea Melville
    signed 2016-05-22 10:15:25 -0400
  • carol palombo
    signed 2016-05-22 10:12:16 -0400
  • Jennifer Quavelin
    signed 2016-05-22 10:06:31 -0400
    Jennifer Quavelin
  • Allison Beach
    signed 2016-05-22 09:55:37 -0400
  • Gordon Barber
    signed 2016-05-22 09:42:35 -0400

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