Anti-Super Delegate Resolution Gets MN Democratic Party Backing

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A majority of delegates to Minnesota’s Democratic party convention don’t like the current “super delegate” system that gives party officers and elected officials an independent say in who gets the national party’s endorsement for president.

It took about two hours on Saturday for DFL delegates to debate and vote on a non-binding resolution calling for a change in the system, and for current super delegates to cast their ballots to reflect the popular vote in Minnesota’s caucuses.

Senator Bernie Sanders won the popular vote in Minnesota over Hillary Clinton 61% to 38%. However the majority of DFL party officers and elected officials who are super delegates say they will vote for Clinton.

The resolution passed 552.5 to 480.5 (some delegates count as half votes) with most Sanders supporters voting yes and most Clinton supporters voting no.

Video and text of the resolution

Above: Video of action on resolution
Below: Text of the resolution

Text of a non-binding resolution passed at the June 4, 2016 DFL state convention.Bill Sorem | The UpTake

Text of a non-binding resolution passed at the June 4, 2016 DFL state convention.

Click here to see the entire debate and all 12 hours of the DFL convention.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

Michael McIntee

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