No More Super-Delegates: Party leaders should never trump the will of the voters

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    No More Super-Delegates: Party leaders should never trump the will of the voters

    Under the current Democratic Party nominating rules, 712 "super-delegates" -- elected officials and well-connected members of the party -- are free to support any candidate for the presidential nomination at the party's national convention. They have the power to overrule the will of voters in a close contest. 

    This undermines numerous values of the Democratic Party including:

    • the concept of one person, one vote
    • gender equity, as a near super-majority of super-delegates are men 
    • racial justice and racial diversity proportionately, 20% fewer of this year’s super-delegates hail from communities of color than was true of the voters who supported President Obama in those years’ general elections.

    In short, the super-delegate system is unrepresentative, contradicts the purported values of the party and its members, and reduces the party’s moral authority.

    Join us to help end it by signing our petition to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), saying:

    Democrats know that reform begins with us: therefore we will democratize our presidential nominating system by eliminating super-delegates so that party leaders do not trump the will of the voters.


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