In an effort to unite the Democratic Party, the DNC has voted unanimously to limit the role that superdelegates play when choosing a nominee for president.
From The Hill:
“Today is a historic day for our party,” Perez said in a statement following the vote. “We passed major reforms that will not only put our next presidential nominee in the strongest position possible, but will help us elect Democrats up and down the ballot, across the country.”
Superdelgates are a wild card vote of sorts – they aren’t pledged to any one candidate and can vote for whomever they they like. This caused a lot of tension between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
Sanders often claimed the election system of being “rigged” against him because of superdelgates voting power.
Following the vote by the DNC, Sanders tweeted his support for the decision.
Today's decision by the DNC is an important step forward in making the Democratic Party more open, democratic and responsive to the input of ordinary Americans. This has been a long and arduous process, and I want to thank @TomPerez and all of those who made it happen. https://t.co/YsFh1UorwV
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 25, 2018
Superdelegates could still vote in the unlikely event that a second ballot would need to be cast to choose a nominee.
Could we potentially see a Sanders/Trump battle in 2020?