Primary Redo?

By: Mike Vasilinda
By: Mike Vasilinda

As many as 4.8 million Democrats may soon be voting by mail. Democrats have two options left: the mail vote or the Clinton and Obama
campaigns cutting a deal to allot Florida’s delegates. The latest cost
of a mail-in election is now estimated at between 8 and ten million
dollars. State Senator Steve Geller says a decision must be made by
Thursday.
“This is really, according to federal law and all the court rulings, the
Democrats can conduct the vote anyway we want to,” Sen. Geller (D-Broward County, FL) says.
Latest plans now call for no state involvement in a mail in vote what so
ever.
Democrats still have more questions than answers. Questions like whether to send one ballot or two and who will pay.
There are a host of other questions to be answered as well.
Governor Charlie Crist continues to call for the January 29th vote to be
honored. Few now think it will be. Still, he doesn’t regret moving the
primary up.
“It certainly has put Florida in the forefront. And Florida continues to
be there and I think that they did exactly the right thing,” Crist says.
One option being floated is for the candidates to agree on splitting
Florida’s delegates, and while the governor has no say, Charlie Crist
says he doesn’t like the idea.
“It doesn’t seem to me that honors the will of the people,” he says.
No matter what Democrats do, they risk handing the GOP ammunition to use against them in November.
Another obstacle for Democrats is that their bylaws do not address how the decision on the delegates will be made. One thing is clear, though, they would like the matter settled sooner rather than later.


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