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Democrats Give Up on Re-do

By: Mike Vasilinda
By: Mike Vasilinda

The Florida Democrats website says thousands of people responded when asked their opinion about a mail in re vote. Party leaders have so far refused to make the correspondence available. But from the writings, Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman says the mail-in was doomed to fail.
“People we would count on to help us carry this out just think we should move on from this,” Thurman says.
The Democrats have no alternative plan in the works.
What Florida Democrats are doing is throwing their hands up in the air
and saying this is up to the national party and the candidates to work out. Democratic National Committeeman and Obama supporter Allan Katz says the only acceptable alternative is to split the delegates.
"Senator Clinton and Senator Obama both agree that no delegates would be selected on the 29th of January. This is nothing new,” Katz says.
But splitting delegates is being rejected by party leaders because it
does not reflect the vote on January 29th. Another committeeman has
filed an appeal, trying to seat half the delegates.
“The rules and bylaws committee gave us the death penalty instead of
actually applying their own rules the way that they were written,” Jon Ausman says.
A decision in a federal lawsuit is also pending and could result in
delegates being seated or not. But as the clock ticks, options for
Democrats are dwindling. It now appears Michigan will schedule a revote, but state and party leaders say no such vote is possible in Florida, in part because of the cost, and because as many as 14 counties are making a change in the type of voting machines they are using.


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