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  DNC changes superdelegate rules in presidential nomination process
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Aug 25, 2018 04:10pm
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AuthorAdam Levy
News DateSaturday, August 25, 2018 09:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionChicago (CNN) Democrats on Saturday enacted one of the most significant changes to the way "superdelegates" operate at their national convention by considerably limiting their ability to vote on the first ballot for the party's presidential nominee beginning in 2020.

In a surprise vote that ended a vehemently contested debate that pitted a majority of DNC members supporting the change against two former party chairs, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and others who opposed the new rules, both sides came together to pass the overhauled process ahead of the next presidential campaign.

The move at Saturday's DNC meeting ended an emotional and tumultuous two-year effort to change the Democratic Party, officially barring superdelegates -- about 700 automatic, unpledged party leaders, elected officials and activists -- from voting on the first ballot choosing the party's nominee for president unless a candidate has secured a majority of the convention using only pledged delegates earned during the primary process.

Beginning with the 2020 nomination process, candidates will no longer be able to count superdelegates if they want to win the party's nomination on the first ballot of voting at the convention. This makes it impossible for superdelegates to change the outcome of the pledged delegates' will, which has never occurred since superdelegates were created ahead of the 1984 campaign.
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