A Plan for Complete Reform of the Florida Democratic Party
A Party which has no role in candidate selection is no more than a cheer squad, a squad which is expected to cheer for candidates selected for it by the consultant/lobbyist axis. No wonder that the Party continues to fail, to be irrelevant to the real needs of salaried, hourly, and gig workers and underserved communities.
Here is a plan to rebuild the Party so it can exercise power on their behalf.
A. Return the nominating process to communities:
Today, the Democratic Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan for the 2024 Democratic National Convention only requires a cash payment. This serves to exalt the power of money in politics, a profoundly anti-democratic trend.
Instead, candidates must be required to show local, community support before appearing on the primary ballot. That support can only be demonstrated either by a vote of the Democratic Precinct Workers in that district or by sufficient signatures on a designating petition. Any other system exalts money and its corrupt influence over the power of people, the workers in that district.
B. End the ceiling on Women's Power:
In the late '60s and early '70s, the McGovern/Segal commission recommended requiring that half of convention delegates and other party positions be allocated to women to increase their power and participation in the party. That recommendation was accepted and resulted in a great increase in the number of women in the upper reaches of both the party and government.
Sadly, for over a dozen years, the 50% requirement has served to cap the participation of women. Many men who received fewer votes have received convention and precinct seats over women who are then made alternates or left home.
This archaic provision must be repealed; let those women who get the most votes actually serve.
C. Reconstitute the State Committee:
The current state committee, overrun with automatic members, is so malformed that it cannot even participate in the selection of at-large national convention delegates or committee members. It also has huge disparities in the throw weight of individual members allowing a handful of members to control everything. Finally, the indirect election of its members by county executive committees exacerbates the existing underrepresentation of key groups in the party's coalition.
The state committee should be reformed as follows:
1. Members should be directly elected in the quadrennial presidential primary; helping the state committee represent the current political landscape.
2. They should be elected in single member districts by state house districts or parts thereof where a state house district covers several counties without regard to sex.
3. Each member should cast a number of votes equal to the votes for Governor in their district in the preceding election divided by 10,000 and rounded up.
4. There should be no automatic or at large members.
5. The new state committee should take office on the first day of the month following the presidential primary. This body should elect the at-large delegates, convention committee members, and the national committee members for the
1. A candidate who receives 50% of the vote of the district committee is on the ballot and anyone who receives over 25% of the vote on any ballot may, by filing the appropriate paperwork, gain a place on the ballot as well. Each committee member should cast a number of votes equal to the vote for Governor in the last election divided by the number of seats authorized for that precinct.
2. The number of signatures required for ballot access should be two percent of the number of registered democrats in the district.
3. We must also recognize that asking a candidate to specify their sex on a binary basis on a qualifying form may pose an existential question the answer to which may be emerging, changing, or changed.