Dems restore full voting rights for Florida and Michigan

The party's credentials committee gives full votes to both states' delegations, which had been punished for holding early primaries.

Published August 24, 2008 8:59PM (EDT)

One of the most contentious issues from the Democratic primary season has now been settled for good: The party's credentials committee voted unanimously Sunday to restore full voting rights to the convention delegations from Florida and Michigan.

The two states had been sanctioned for holding their primaries earlier than allowed under party rules. Originally, the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee voted not to seat either delegation at all. But during a heated meeting in May, the RBC softened the punishment, giving each delegate a half-vote.

Earlier this month, however, Barack Obama announced that he supported the idea of seating the full delegations. Today's vote makes that official, which, really, is no big surprise. Most observers had always assumed that no matter what, once someone had locked up the nomination, something would be worked out to allow Florida and Michigan full voting rights.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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