Superdelegates belittle voter choice
April 9, 2008
Filed under Opinion
As important as the right of individuals to vote is, the superdelegates may invalidate the primary and caucus results when the Democratic nomination occurs. Superdelegates are individuals that have been chosen based on political position and party involvement to make an important vote when the national conventions are held.
These individuals have a lot of power and may sway the vote this year at the Democratic National Convention if the primary results are too close. Instead of voting for the nominee that has received the most votes, superdelegates can vote for whoever they favor. Some superdelegates have already started endorsing a particular candidate.
This process is unfair and could possibly ruin the chances of the Democratic nominee winning in the presidential elections in November. By voting for personal preference instead of what the primaries have decided, the ultimate decision for the Democratic nominee will not rest with the votes of millions, but with the votes of about 800.
Why should the superdelegates’ votes count for more than the people’s? This process might make since if the votes would reflect the votes of the primaries, but it’s clear that some are going to disregard the results of the primaries and vote for their personal preference.
As excited as I get whenever my candidate gets another endorsement, it bothers me every time I hear about who has the most superdelegates so far. The Democratic National Convention isn’t until August, but it feels as if it’s taking place now when there are still seven states that have not yet voted, and the problems in Michigan and Florida not yet resolved. If this were any other election year, things might be different, but since this year there are two strong candidates that have basically split the vote it is crucial that the primary votes are respected.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has already said that the superdelegates shouldn’t upset the votes and should support the candidate who won the most delegates during the primaries. I honestly doubt the superdelegates will honor her wishes.
I fear that if the superdelegates do vote against the results of the primaries, disgruntled Democrats will be so angered by their own party that they will vote, dare I say it, Republican.
Ultimately it is up to the superdelegates and their conscience who they will vote for.