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Primary Redo Up to DNC and Democratic Presidential Candidates

March 13th, 2008 by flanews

Floridas a few steps closer to hosting a mail in Democratic primary. But it is not a done deal. The State partys chairwoman has released details but says a decision wont be final until Monday. As Whitney Ray tells us, the party leadership is not optimistic the mail in will take place.

Hear it here: Primary Redo Up to DNC and Democratic Presidential Candidates

Senate Democratic leader Steve Geller took the democrats plan to the Governors office. With a hand shake, Governor Charlie Crist told Geller he would do what he could to grant the Democratic Party access to a state database to verify voter signatures.

If you can find a way to make that plan work, certainly someone can be designated to help, Crist said to Geller in a meeting in his office.

Democrats say signature verification is the key to a valid election. The clock is ticking. Right now the Democratic National Committee wont seat Floridas delegates because the state moved up its primary. Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman sent this proposal to both candidates and DNC Chairman Howard Dean. It lays out a plan for a Florida Do-over. Thurman avoided the media for more than a week. She broke her silence in a Thursday afternoon news conference, telling reporters the two presidential candidates must sign off on the plan.

If this is not what the people of Florida and our candidates want, were not going to do it, Thurman said.

The state party is less than optimistic the candidates or national party will sign off on the mail in do over. Thurman says putting the plan forward is a starting place

What were doing here today is just putting the things out there. What ever peoples decisions are and if this becomes something we cant do then we cant do it, Thurman said.

The cost of a mail in redo was first estimated at 6 million. It is now up to between 10 and 12 million dollars and state party leaders dont know yet who will pony up the money. Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman says, if the DNC and the candidates dont like the mail in election plan, the party will continue to ask that the candidates be seated based on the January 29th results.

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