Urge All of California’s DNC Members to Unite Behind “Superdelegate” Reform
On August 23-25, hundreds of members of the Democratic National Committee will meet in Chicago and vote on a momentous reform that could decide the fate of our country. California’s DNC delegation, the largest in the nation, will have a major effect on the decision -- whether to limit the influence of “superdelegates” in the presidential nominating process. It’s a decision that could have a huge impact on the Democratic Party’s capacity to oust the extremist Republican Party from power.
During the 2016 election campaign, more than half of the superdelegates (party officials and Democrats in Congress or state offices) committed themselves to Hillary Clinton nearly three months before a single voter had cast a ballot in a primary or caucus – thus sending a message that party elites had already put their thumbs on the scales.
Looking ahead, the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee has put forward a proposal to effectively eliminate the voting power of superdelegates for the first ballot at the national convention. If the reform proposal passes, superdelegates will not cast a vote on the first ballot at the 2020 Democratic National Convention – unless one of the candidates has already secured enough pledged delegates in primaries and caucuses to win the nomination outright.
California DNC members: Steven Alari, Eric Bauman, Laphonza Butler, Becca Doten, Maria Elena Durazo, Jess Durfee, Mary Ellen Early, Maria Echaveste, Alex Rooker, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Alice Huffman, Aleita Huguenin, Hon. Lorna Johnson, Michael Kapp, Andrew Lachman, Rep. Barbara Lee, Otto Lee, Sandra Lowe, Kerman Maddox, Bob Mulholland, Hon. Alex Padilla, Christine Pelosi, Hon. Nancy Pelosi, John Perez, Hon. Greg Pettis, Melahat Rafiei, Susie Shannon, Garry Shay, Keith Umemoto, Amy Wakeland, Rep. Maxine Waters, Ros Wyman, Laurence Zakson
> DNC members from California
> The Hill: “DNC panel votes to move forward with superdelegate reform”
> Co-Chairs of DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee: “Forged in Fire: What the Democratic Party is doing to prepare for 2020”
> California Democratic Party resolution
This petition is only for residents of California. Other actions can be found here.