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2008 Democrats Abroad primary

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Democrats Abroad primary, 2008
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Barack Obama.jpg
Hillary Rodham Clinton.jpg
Nominee Barack Obama Hillary Clinton
Party Democratic Democratic
Home state Illinois New York
Delegate count
Popular vote 15,214 7,501
Percentage 65.85% 32.46%

The 2008 Democrats Abroad primary took place from February 5, 2008 (Super Tuesday) until February 12.

The first voting began at midnight in Indonesia, with one of the first unofficial results coming from a polling station at the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta. Of roughly 100 votes, 75% were for Senator Barack Obama and 25% for Senator Hillary Clinton.[1] The midnight vote was an attempt to replicate the voting at Dixville Notch, New Hampshire during the New Hampshire primary.[2]

This was the first Democrats Abroad primary in which voters could vote online, and by the end of the primary, online votes had been cast from 164 countries and territories. Democrats Abroad announced the worldwide results on February 21, 2008, declaring Barack Obama the winner.[3] Democrats Abroad held a global convention on April 12, 2008.

Results

Key: Withdrew
prior to contest

Primary

Primary dates: February 5–12, 2008

National pledged delegate votes determined: 7 (of 7)

Democrats Abroad presidential primary, 2008[4]
Candidate Votes Percentage National delegate votes[5]
Barack Obama 15,214 65.85%
Hillary Clinton 7,501 32.46%
John Edwards 159 0.69% 0
Dennis Kucinich 143 0.62% 0
Bill Richardson 19 0.08% 0
Joe Biden 15 0.06% 0
Uncommitted 54 0.23% 0
Totals 23,105 100.00% 7

A breakdown of results by country and voting method is also available.[6]

Regional caucus

While the nine pledged regional delegates (each with a half vote, for a total of 4½ votes) were selected at the regional caucuses, the number allocated to each candidate was pre-determined by the results of the primary. According to the Democrats Abroad Delegate Selection Plan: "The binding presidential preference primary will determine the allocation of these nine (9) At-Large Delegates among the presidential candidates; the Regional Caucus will elect such Delegates based on such allocation."[7]:I.A.4.b

Caucus dates: March 15–April 11, 2008

National pledged delegate votes determined: 0 (of 7)

Democrats Abroad Democratic regional caucuses, 2008
Candidate Regional delegate votes Percentage National delegate votes
Barack Obama 3 66.67%
Hillary Clinton 33.33%
Totals 100.00% 7

Global convention

While the five pledged At-Large and pledged PLEO delegates (each with a half vote, for a total of 2½ votes) were selected at the global convention, the number allocated to each candidate was pre-determined by the results of the primary. According to the Democrats Abroad Delegate Selection Plan: "The binding presidential preference primary will determine the allocation of these three (3) At-Large Delegates and the two (2) Pledged PLEO Delegates among the presidential candidates; the Global Convention will elect such Delegates based on such allocation."[7]:I.A.4.c

Convention date: April 12, 2008

National pledged delegate votes determined: 0 (of 7)

Democrats Abroad Democratic presidential global convention, 2008
Candidate At-Large and PLEO delegate votes Percentage National delegate votes
Barack Obama 60.00%
Hillary Clinton 1 40.00%
Totals 100.00% 7

2008 Democratic National Committee Convention Delegates

Twenty-two delegates, including 8 superdelegates, traveled 125,000 miles from around the world to Denver, CO to represent Democrats Abroad at the Democratic National Convention August 25–28, 2008. Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic Party for Americans living outside of the United States. The 22 delegates each have a half vote, bringing the organization's total votes to 11.

Every member of the Democrats Abroad delegation had taken part in the "Green Delegate Challenge" sponsored by House Speaker and Permanent Convention Chair Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Convention organizers, by obtaining carbon offsets for their travel.

Criticism

Criticism focused on the internet voting, suggesting the possibility of hacking and other subterfuge,[8] though there was no evidence that such hacking occurred.

Alleged corporate and partisan influence

Professor David Dill of Stanford University questioned whether having a private company run a public election, with little oversight, was appropriate. The software used for Internet voting was provided by the private company Everyone Counts.[8] The provider of internet voting was spun off from an Australian company in 2003.[9] In 2006 the company received an "injection of U.S. private equity" from an undisclosed source.[8][10]

The corporation running the election, Everyone Counts, named Paul DeGregorio, former Republican chair of the Election Assistance Commission as Chief Operating Officer in 2007.[11]

Partial results reporting

The final results for the February 5–12 Democrats Abroad Global Primary were not released until February 21, nine days after the voting had concluded. The initial reporting of results incorrectly reported the results of the election. The error was reported as a result of "a programming error in a spreadsheet column."[12]

Rule 13 allowed reporting of "provisional" results on the first day of voting. Based on partial results, the international news media reported large Obama victories as soon as these manual polling stations closed. These totals did not include any of the postal or Internet votes:

At 3 a.m., there are still around 30 Democrats watching CNN as results are projected on a giant screen. When the news channel reports that Obama has apparently won the international Democratic primary in Jakarta, Indonesia, they begin cheering -- more because the station has just flashed the Democrats Abroad logo on the screen than because the Illinois senator has won.[13]

Tokyo Voting Center Results

These are the results for the Voting Center in Tokyo, this tally is provisional, does not include internet, fax or mailed ballots, and is subject to ratification from the chair of Democrats Abroad. But here goes.... (drum roll please) 2/5/2008 Tokyo Voting Center % report = 83% Obama 13% Clinton 2% Edwards 1.% Kucinich 1.% Richardson

In the end the ballot boxes produced a 971 to 422 victory for Obama.[14]

Voting was scheduled to occur from February 5–12, not just on February 5.[citation needed]

See also

References

  1. ^ McDowell, Robin (2008-02-04). "Democrats Overseas Head to Polls". TIME. Archived from the original on 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2008-02-04.
  2. ^ "Obama wins first US Democratic Party voting abroad on 'Super Tuesday'". AFP. 2008-02-04. Archived from the original on 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2008-02-04.
  3. ^ "Obama Wins Democrats Abroad Global Primary". Democrats Abroad. 2008-02-21. Archived from the original on 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  4. ^ "Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary" (PDF). Democrats Abroad. 2008-02-21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-03-19. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
  5. ^ Berg-Andersson, Richard (2008-02-29). "Democrats Abroad Democrat Presidential Nominating Process". The Green Papers. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
  6. ^ "DA Global Primary Results Report" (PDF). democratsabroad.org via web.archive.org. 2008-02-21. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 15, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  7. ^ a b Marques, Christine Schon (2008-03-13). "Democrats Abroad Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans for the 2008 Democratic National Convention" (PDF). Democrats Abroad. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  8. ^ a b c "Technology News - CNET News - CNET". CNET.
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20080229061740/http://archive.dcita.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/68242/2006_Secrets_of_IT_Inovation_competition_winners.pdf
  10. ^ "Everyone Counts - Milestones". Archived from the original on December 3, 2006.
  11. ^ Paul DeGregorio Archived 2011-07-10 at the Wayback Machine, Everyone Counts
  12. ^ CORRECTION: Democrats Abroad Issues Correction To Delegates Awarded To Each Candidate Archived February 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine 21 February 2008
  13. ^ Berlin Expats Push for Obama and McCain, Spiegel Online. February 6, 2008.
  14. ^ Obama captures Democrats abroad global primary Archived 2008-11-23 at the Wayback Machine, Gulf News. February 7, 2008

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