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State Democrats Could Leave Out Many Voters

August 30th, 2007 by flanews

Tens of thousands of Florida Democrats will likely have no say in choosing their partys presidential nominee. Florida is being punished by the national party for going along with legislation to hold the preference vote on January 29, earlier than national rules allow. As Chris Casquejo tells us, it also means those fighting for this country will have no voice.

Here it here: State Democrats Could Leave Out Many Voters

24,000 active military who usually cast absentee ballots in Florida wont have a say in the democratic presidential selection process. Another 100,000 who live here and vote absentee because they can are likely to skip a special caucus vote, leaving the choice in the hands of a very small democratic minority. The move benefits long shot candidate Dennis Kucinich.
The caucus, I think, would be a compromise position that would ensure Floridians would have the opportunity to have their voices heard and to be able to get delegates so they play a role in the convention, Kucinich said
State democratic party leaders are keeping a low profile as they try to figure out their next step.
Leaders were expected to talk with DNC chairman Howard Dean and then amongst themselves Thursday night. Until then they would say nothing.
Governor Charlie Crist says whatever they decide, the states importance in picking a President cant be minimized.
The right and the smart thing to do for both parties frankly is to make sure that the January 29th vote in the state Florida is meaningful, Crist said.
Florida Democrats now have less than a month to sort it all out, a choice that could come down to leaving many voters without a voice to keep the national party leadership happy.
The Democratic National Committee is pressing Florida to hold its primary no earlier than February 5.

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