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04/02/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Truly Determining the Will of the People

In the debate over Superdelegates, much as been made that we should not override the popular vote and that the person with the most delegates should win. This is a particular argument of the Obama campaign who feel this will lead to victory for their candidate. The Clinton campaign, not surprisingly,wants a bigger role for superdelegates since they are winning most of them. Now the primaries and caucuses in Pennsylvania and beyond will give us a count of delegates and popular vote that has been officially counted. However, there are a few million voters in two states that have expressed their opinion but have not been counted, Florida and Michigan. The people of both of these states voted for Hillary Clinton by a margin that could change who has majority when all the votes are counted.

If a candidate says that they have truly won the popular vote then it must be the vote of all the people. My first belief that is that a solution must be reached for the delegates from Florida and Michigan to be seated. It is important both to enfranchise the voters in those states so they can have a say in choosing the Democratic nominee but also to avoid resentment that could cost that nominee those states in November. Failing that, the votes in those states should be taken into account when superdelegates decide whether or not to follow the will of the people because without those votes their true will may be subverted.