When we talk about the Unity commission, few issues come up as frequently as Super Delegates. There are many proposals that were put forward to the Unity commission to consider. These proposals include the elimination of super delegates, binding them to outcomes of a state, reduction of super delegates, make them nonvoters in the first round, and a mix of hybrid plans.
No topic comes up as frequently as Super Delegate reform, but the issue is not as clear cut as people think. While the assumption is that one side wants none and the other wants to keep all, the Unity commission has to deal with many factors that go beyond a simple black-white analysis of what to do next.
Super Delegates, which right now are composed of groups like DNC members, federally elected and statewide elected, were originally seen as a way to reward those who work hard within the party for their work and to make sure in the case of a tie or a three-way split going into the convention, they could help break the logjam.
In 2016, advocates for Bernie Sanders argued that Super Delegates corrupted the system, and called for either their removal or reduction. At the 2016 convention, the Bernie Sanders team argued against complete elimination and instead in favor of significant reduction of unpledged Super Delegates.
The Unity commission continues to debate possible solutions but is moving toward a reduction of total super delegates and consideration of tying state DNC members to the outcome of their state.
Caucus & Primary Methods
There are several concerns that have been submitted to the committee about caucus & primaries. These involve who can participate, the schedule of when they occur, and how we can get more people involved.
One of the key items you hear from some advocates is a need for “open” or “same day” registration process for some advocates. Other items of concern that have been brought up include better access to the disabled, changing the process and voting method of a caucus, and changing the order of the primaries and caucus.
When we talk about things that are possible and not possible, this is the category with the most obstacles. Many of the issues that are sought by advocates on both sides do not fall under the umbrella that a national or state party can impact. In most states, the guidelines for primary participation or for when the primary/caucus occurs is set by the state legislature and a matter of statute.
As a result, while the Unity Reform Commission could make suggestions, many of the solution steps to address advocates within this area are beyond their ability to address and will be up to the state legislature to resolve.
Terms of the commission
The commission will issue a report to the DNC at the winter meeting next year. There will be a discussion which occurs at the DNC meeting to occur in Las Vegas, Nevada this September. This discussion will not reflect, to my understanding, the final report on the issues discussed by the Unity Reform Commission but will allow member input of those who could not participate in the three scheduled Unity meetings.
By the time you read this, I will have spent the day discussing the Unity commission with members in Chicago, and will have attended the forums for the weekend. If you have questions about how the process went, or you want specific questions answered, please, ask in the comments below!
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