Superdelegates

  • 05.11.16

    Why Does the Democratic Party Have Superdelegates?

    Whether you agree or disagree with the inclusion of Superdelegates, it is important to understand the history and reasoning behind their addition to the democratic nomination process. This article lays out the evolution of the democratic nomination process from the McGovern-Fraser Commission: "The result of the Co...

    Whether you agree or disagree with the inclusion of Superdelegates, it is important to understand the history and reasoning behind their addition to the democratic nomination process.

    This article lays out the evolution of the democratic nomination process from the McGovern-Fraser Commission: "The result of the Commission’s work was a process that included open delegate selection, required a proportion of a state’s delegation to include racial minorities and women, and limited the number of delegates named by the State Democratic Committee to 10 percent of the total."

    To the Hunt Commission which created new rules: "The new rules culminated in the creation of delegates who would be “unpledged,” meaning that they would be members of their respective state’s delegation to the National Convention regardless of which candidate they supported. In fact, these delegates did not have to declare a candidate preference until the national convention and could change their preference at the convention."