Robert Reich Petition To Reform Superdelegate Process

Just received this email from Robert Reich discussing the superdelegate process and his petition to reform this unfair and undemocratic part of the nomination process.

Please read, share and sign the petition if you agree.

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John —

The establishment media are at it again.

After a closer-than-expected contest in Nevada, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are nearly tied in pledged delegates — she has 52, he has 51. With thousands of pledged delegates still up for grabs in the upcoming 47 elections, it’s very clear that this race is just getting started.

And yet the morning after the Nevada vote, major media outlets across the country fell all over themselves trying to claim that the race for the Democratic nomination was basically over. The New York Times led the charge, with the headline: “Delegate Count Leaving Bernie Sanders With Steep Climb.”

Wait, what? How can Bernie be facing a “steep climb” when he is only down one pledged delegate?

Once again, the New York Times was using the preferences of the superdelegates — the 712 party elites who will get to weigh in on the Democratic nomination at the convention — to imply that Bernie’s campaign is all but over, when nothing could be further from the truth.

Enough is enough. We need to get the superdelegates on the record that they will support whomever the popularly-elected nominee turns out to be. That’s the only way this nonsense in the media will end — and the only way to restore the faith of many voters in the nomination process.

Nearly 125,000 Democracy for America members have signed my petition calling on superdelegates to pledge to follow the will of the voters — but we need to keep building this petition before we deliver it. Please add your name now.

Here’s how the superdelegate system works. In addition to the thousands of pledged delegates, who are allotted to each campaign based on primary and caucus results, there are 712 superdelegates — made up of Democratic elected officials and party insiders — who get to vote on who the party’s nominee should be at the convention.

If the race is close, superdelegates could determine who the nominee will be regardless of who the majority of voters supported. Pretty undemocratic, isn’t it?

This isn’t the first time that Democrats have raised concerns over the superdelegate system. In 2008, when the race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was at its closest, some people thought that superdelegates would be able change the results of the nomination process.

My friends at Democracy for America took action then as well. In 2008, more than 60,000 DFA memberssigned and delivered a petition to Democratic Party leadership asking superdelegates not to overturn the will of the voters. And that year, they didn’t. Most superdelegates either changed their support or waited to choose a side until after Obama won the majority of delegates pledged through the primary process.

Unfortunately, the party failed to reform this unfair and undemocratic part of the nomination process in the years since President Obama was elected. Now we’re facing another potential crisis in the party — but it can be solved.

Holding on to the White House in 2016 is extremely important. We can’t afford to let party elites jeopardize that by ignoring the will of the voters. Join me and DFA in telling superdelegates to pledge to support the popularly-elected winner of the nomination now.

Thanks for signing this important petition and passing it along to your friends.

Robert Reich
Former Secretary of Labor

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