Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Lawmakers Want Superdelegates' Votes to Reflect People's Choice

Rep. Tom Brower, D-23rd (Waikïkï, Ala Moana, Kakaako), introduced will introduce and filed file a resolution today Wednesday, Feb. 20 that urges Hawaii's superdelegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention to reflect the distribution of presidential candidate votes at the Democratic Party's caucus today.

Thirty-two of 44 House Democrats have already signed the resolution stating that the nominating process should be a democratic one that reflects the will of the people. More signatures are expected.

"The purpose of the resolution is to incite public debate on how parties choose presidential candidates," Brower said. "We must ensure that the system is responsive to the average citizen."

Superdelegates, who are free to support any candidate for nomination, would have the deciding hand in nominating the democratic presidential candidate if no candidate wins a majority of votes from delegates in the caucuses.

If the resolution is heard on the session floor, it could be amended to include the Republican Caucus nomination results as well.

"Superdelegates' votes must reflect the delegate's opinion, not replace it." Brower said. "It would be detrimental to voter confidence should the superdelegates not reflect the people's will, regardless of party affiliation."

**UPDATE: Rep. Tom Brower will introduce and file the resolution Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008.

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