A hopeful sign towards the victory against a corrupted, lobby-occupied political process
Diane Russell, a state representative from Portland, Maine, has a plan to end the influence of superdelegates in her state. And after a 6-1 vote in favor by the party’s rules committee Friday afternoon, it’s one step closer to becoming reality.
“The superdelegate system is ridiculous,” Russell told US Uncut in a phone interview.
Superdelegates are the Democratic Party officials, lobbyists, and party leaders who have an outsized influence in who becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, as their 713 combined votes represent roughly 15 percent of the total delegates. While pledged delegates are awarded proportionally based on how a candidate performs in a state’s primary or caucus, superdelegates are not obligated to vote with their state’s preference.
Rep. Russell, who is one of Bernie Sanders’ pledged delegates in Maine, believes superdelegates are profoundly undemocratic.