Saturday, 31 May 2008

Michigan and Florida Voter Participation

As I have mentioned before, one of the biggest problems with any proposal to seat the Michigan and Florida delegations is the fact that every citizen of those states were led to believe that these votes would not count. Logically, you would expect that many eligible voters who would otherwise have wanted to participate might therefore have decided to stay home instead, and would then, ironically, be doubly disenfranchised by a decision to count the votes of those who DID participate.

But is there any evidence that large numbers of likely Michigan and Florida voters did, in fact, stay home on primary day?

As it turns out: yes.

The Rules and Bylaws Committee meets today - let's hope they resolve on a solution that everyone can live with. Sadly, I think large groups of people will be the loser no matter what is decided.

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