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HamdenRice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-16-08 10:34 AM
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Important Question about the Primary Vote in New York
This is in response to the thread about voting discrepancies in New York. I posted this question in that thread, but wanted to ask this separately to get a quick answer.

In my opinion, the ballot layout in New York was confusing.

On the top line was the name of the candidate. Then below that was a list of 5 or 6 delegates for that candidate.

I have a terrible suspicion that if you just voted for the candidate your vote did not count. You had to turn the lever next to the cadidates name, and then turn the 5-6 levers next to the delegates for taht candidate.

Can anyone answer that question: What happened if you voted for the candidate, but not all the candidate's delegates???
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-16-08 10:42 AM
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1. This is incorrect
Edited on Sat Feb-16-08 10:43 AM by Bleachers7
First, the candidate and the delegates were on the same line. It looked like this...

Clinton delegate delegate delegate delegate delegate
Edwards
Kucinich
Gravel
Biden
Richardson
Obama delegate delegate delegate delegate delegate

Clinton and Obama were the only one's to have delegates.

You are not required to vote for any candidate or any delegate. You can vote for any mix of candidates and delegates.

The popular vote for the candidate in the district determined the number of delegates. Then the delegates are assigned based on a combination of equal opportunity provisions (gender, race), and the popular vote for the delegates of a specific candidate. That means that if a female delegate is needed for Obama, the female delegate with the most votes is selected.

So the popular vote always counts. In theory, no could vote for any delegates, but that would be chaos. The bigger chaos is the winning candidate not having any delegates on the ballot. Kerry had this problem in 2004. He was assigned delegates.
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HeraldSquare212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-16-08 10:45 AM
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2. Your vote still counted - in fact, you could vote for delegates for another candidate
instead of the delegates for your candidate. I don't know how they sort that all out, though.
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HamdenRice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-16-08 10:51 AM
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3. T'anks to the both of yous
Yous are obviously reel New Yawkas who know the reel deel.
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