Thursday, March 13, 2008
Florida’s Democratic party chairwoman Karen Thurman is shopping around a draft plan that provides for a mail-in Democratic primary (with 50 drop-in sites) on June 3, in her effort to try to find a way to get Sunshine State delegates seated at the national convention.
In Michigan, meanwhile, Democrats are moving away from the possibility of a mail-in election and more toward a conventional primary, but it would require legislative approval and funds of $10 million or so to finance it.
In Ms. Thurman’s memo, she cites a poll commissioned by the state’s Democratic leader of voters who took part in the state’s primary on Jan. 29, saying that 59 percent want a revote. And more troubling to her, Ms. Thurman says, is that just 63 percent said they were committed to whomever the eventual nominee if Florida’s votes weren’t counted.
Now one thing that all sides have worried about is the cost. In this case, she offers an estimate of $10 million and up, urging everyone to start thinking about fund-raising very soon. (The state party can accept large unregulated donations to finance this sort of thing.)...(Click here for remainder of article).