Piper over at Seat Our Delegates.com has been working hard on a petition for weeks to count our Michigan & Florida votes and to seat our delegates. The goal is to gather at least 50,000 signatures and deliver the petition by June to the DNC in Washington D.C.
The petition says:
We, the Black Sheep Delegation of the Democratic party, demand that the Democratic National Committee recognize the results of Florida's and Michigan's primaries and seat our delegates at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
On January 15, 2008, 572,129 Michigan Democrats voted in the Democratic primary even though two of the three frontrunners for the nomination had voluntarily pulled their names from the ballot.
On January 29, 2008, 1.7 million Floridians voted in the Democratic primary despite being told repeatedly that their votes wouldn't count.
We voted in record numbers because we are deeply concerned about the future of our country. We are thinking about the economy, national security, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, energy independence, the environment, and health care. We are not concerned with primary schedules. We are private citizens, and we are not responsible for the tug-of-war between the state Democratic parties and the DNC. We demand that our votes be counted now before the primary season ends. We will not be subjected to another vote or a caucus.
UPDATED ON MARCH 20, 2008: A 50-50 split of delegates is also unacceptable.
Howard Dean's "50-state strategy" was credited with returning the House and Senate to the Democrats in 2006. Do not leave Florida and Michigan voters out in 2008. Count our votes now, or don't count on us to vote in November.
Please go sign the petition here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/seatourdelegates/
and leave a comment to let the DNC know how you feel about disenfranchising our votes from 2 important swing states in the GE. Let them know it is completely unacceptable to rip two stars from our flag with this harmful 48 state strategy.
I've teamed up with Piper and helped her build a new blog to go with her website and give people a place to comment further here: Seat Our Delegates Blog. Stop by anytime, we'd love to hear from you.
Please visit the new blog and let us know what you think about this current mess that Howard Dean, Donna Brazile, Ralph Dawson, and David McDonald from the DNC have done to our states when they decided it was "okay" to go 100% nuclear on MI & FL, but let NH, NV, and SC leapfrog their primary dates up with zero punishment.
Note: Help us to gather more signatures in your local area no matter where you live. Print it out here: Download Petition [PDF]
Go to this page for the address to mail the petition signatures to us, and for more information on contacting the DNC: How To Help