Have we discussed the DNC Unity and Reform Commission findings yet? I’ve looked online and can’t yet find a copy of the recommendations, so I’m relying on media reports. HuffPo has a run-down of the key points; from what I gather there and elsewhere, there are three major changes proposed:
1. Fewer superdelegates (60% reduction according to HuffPo)
2. Absentee ballots for caucus states and allowing voters to register or switch party affiliation on the day of the caucus; also, possible penalties for states that hold closed primaries if they don’t allow same-day registration or party affiliation changes.
3. More transparent budget.
One of the main arguments I’ve heard to retain the superdelegate system is that it could allow the party to rid itself of an unqualified lummox like Trump. I don’t personally find that convincing, since the lummox in question is now squatting in the Oval Office. The Republicans weren’t going to get rid of Trump because their voters would have rebelled, and the Democrats wouldn’t either, should a Trump-like figure arise in the Democratic Party.
The second proposal troubles me the most, especially the prospect that closed primary states that don’t allow same-day registration and party affiliation changes will be penalized in some way, possibly through loss of delegates, if they don’t do “everything in their power” to conform to the same-day rules. States set voter registration and party affiliation change rules, not parties.
There are arguments to be made for closed and open primaries, but they need to be made on a bipartisan basis at the state level. Penalizing Democrats from closed primary states because of rules they can’t control is just another form of “rigging,” IMO. This time, it’s the Sanders people who look like they are trying to grease the skids.
If you agree that penalizing closed primary states isn’t fair, you might want to bring that up with your local party delegate or make your feelings known to the DNC through other channels. The URC recommendations have to be adopted by the DNC rules committee before they go into effect.
Other than that, open thread!