Superdelegates could flip the Democratic primary?

Progressive Kick endorsed Bernie Sanders because he is the only real progressive challenger to Hillary Clinton. But this post isn’t about Bernie, it’s about the democratic process of voting itself. DNC Superdelegates could flip the Democratic primary results if they wanted to, ignoring the will of the people. As we emailed about before, superdelegates are party leaders and politicians who get to cast special ‘VIP’ votes for President at the Democratic National Conventions. They’re about 700 people, insiders and party elites, and they get a way bigger say than any one state.

We think this is just plain wrong. So we’re working with Emilijana Ulaj and Rob Akleh of Ready to Fight and Jenni Siri of Women for Bernie to make it right.

Together we’ve gathered over 187,000 signatures from Democratic voters across the country to ask the Superdelegates to do the right thing and vote with the people if it’s a close race. Thank you to everybody who spoke up by signing up. But we need to make sure they get the message.

So we’re taking the next step. Together we’ve built a website with all the superdelegates in all the states and their contact information. Please go to http://superdelegatedemocracy.com/ and take a look.

We have the superdelegates listed for every state, and how to contact the elected officials to make your voice heard. Please take a moment to contact the superdelegates in your state (politely!) and ask them to not deny the wish of Democratic voters with their superdelegate vote. Once you’re done taking action, please share this so that we can keep the pressure on.

If you want Bernie elected, you better know what ‘Superdelegate’ means.

Last night was amazing! Bernie won New Hampshire flat-out, getting a clear majority of the support from real voters, not DC establishment insiders.

Unfortunately, we need to start talking about those insiders, and a trick they have to rig the Democratic primary process called the ‘Superdelegate’ system.

Superdelegates are party leaders and politicians who get to cast special ‘VIP’ votes for President at the Democratic National Conventions. They’re about 700 people, insiders and party elites, and they get a way bigger say than any one state.

Tell the Superdelegates you’re not having it – right now.

It’s not a sure thing, but it could happen if we do nothing: Superdelegates could give the nomination to Hillary even if a majority of voters and elected delegates support Bernie. This wouldn’t be some kind of ‘mistake’; this is why Superdelegates exist!

That’s why we’re launching a national campaign to ensure the Superdelegate system doesn’t get a chance to reverse the popular will. Please sign our petition demanding that Superdelegates honor the will of the voters – no matter what.

Yes, I want to protect our primary votes from the Superdelegates!

Right now, Hillary has way more pledged Superdelegates than Bernie. (There’s a few progressive champions who have pledged their Superdelegate votes to Bernie, like Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva, but they’re rare.) 1

Altogether, Superdelegates represent roughly 30% of the votes required to win the Democratic nomination. 2 The rest? They’re reserved for the millions of actual voters casting their ballots in caucuses and primaries, like in New Hampshire. The math works out to something close to One Superdelegate, One Vote – and One Regular Voter, 0.0001% of a Vote. And we can’t let that stand.

Help us make sure the people win, not the establishment – click here to sign the petition to protect our votes.

Luckily, history is on our side – this isn’t the first time that the corrupt Superdelegate system has been defeated by people power. In 2008, then-Senator Obama almost lost the Democratic nomination from Superdelegates, until Democratic voters across the country said No.

They made such a big stink that party insiders knew they’d face huge political blowback for ignoring the voters. 3

We can do it again. Sign our petition today.

Bernie Sanders For President!

Yesterday, Senator Bernie Sanders announced his intention to run for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election. So far, he is the only real progressive challenger to Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Warren isn’t running. We hope that Sanders will push the debate to engage with the needs of millions of Americans who are being left behind in an America dominated by corporations.

At Progressive Kick, we use the website ProgressivePunch.org, our cousin organization, to measure how progressive members of Congress are. Progressive Punch uses the collective voting record of a group of consistently progressive legislators – the “progressive cohort” contrasted with Republicans – as a standard to measure how progressive other members of Congress are in their votes. Since Progressive Punch first devised its algorithm to calculate progressive scores, Senator Sanders has always been a part of the progressive cohort due to his consistency and dedication to progressive values, particularly economic justice and the defense of working- and middle-class Americans.

He has tirelessly advocated on behalf of the 99%, and he does not take a back seat to anyone in his critique of what he calls “hypercapitalism.” While Hillary Clinton has clearly benefited personally from her close ties with the corporate world, Sanders has stated he will not take corporate contributions during his run and is deeply committed to narrowing the wealth and income gaps in our country. He has supported legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 and other policies to develop infrastructure to provide support and job opportunities to working-class people.

His progressive record includes co-sponsoring a bill to cap carbon emissions, voting against the Defense of Marriage Act, and repeatedly advocating for a universal single-payer healthcare system beyond the Affordable Care Act.

We’re under no illusions or delusions about the obstacles Sanders would have to overcome to win. But we at Progressive Kick enthusiastically endorse Bernie Sanders for President and eagerly look forward to his campaign. We’ll pitch in as we can.