The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has voted to drastically limit the role of superdelegates in presidential nominations.
Those who supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election should welcome this news with open arms.
During that election season, then-candidate Hillary Clinton started out the primaries with a lead of over 400 more delegates than her challenger, Sanders.
The use of superdelegates in the Democratic primary in 2016 caused deep rifts to open within the party, dividing the Democratic establishment from the more left-leaning members of its party.
Many felt that because Clinton had the backing of the party’s elite members she had an unfair advantage in securing the votes of superdelegates since her election would benefit them in the long run.
Others also raised the issue of bribery and the possibility that superdelegates could be influenced by large donations to give their vote to a certain candidate, even if that candidate doesn’t have the popular support of the party’s constituents.
Much like the Electoral College, many are beginning to see superdelegates as a restriction on the voice of the people as it can nullify the popular vote in favor of a superdelegate majority.
More than anything, though, this move shows that for the first time in a long time, the DNC might actually be listening.