One of the phenomena of the Political Revolution sweeping the nation is state Democratic Party conventions of people demanding reform of the nomination process and electoral system. To that end, they are adopting resolutions to limit or abolish the voting power of unpledged so-called “superdelegates.” This Resolutions was drafted by attorney John Kevin Hunt of Oregon City, Oregon, and has circulated among grassroots Bernie state delegate groups and served as models. Most recently, Wisconsin delegates overcame the resistance of their state party Establishment and have introduced the following version specifically drafted for them, shown here as John Kevin Hunt is organizing to have it considered at the upcoming Oregon State Democratic Convention:
BEFORE THE STATE CONVENTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OREGON
Relating to Unpledged Delegates
WHEREAS, the Democratic Party stands for equality in the exercise of the voting franchise, the principle “One person, one vote” being a fundamental precept thereof; now, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Democratic Party of Oregon hereby implores its 2016 National Convention Delegates and Democratic National Committee Members to amend Article II, sections 4 and 5 of the Charter of the Democratic Party of the United States to limit unpledged delegates to advisory voting power, only.
Note: Consideration of this resolution will require a suspension of the convention rules that are being imposed by the state party Establishment without an opportunity for the convention to vote on those rules.
Under the Charter of the Democratic Party of the United States, the National Convention is the highest party authority, and amendment of any Charter provision may be initiated by majority vote of the National Convention – including Article II which provides for superdelegates.
The drafter of this resolution is a CD5 candidate for Delegate for the national convention.