Democrats vote to minimize role of party superdelegates
CHICAGO — Democratic Party leaders Saturday voted to limit their own high-profile roles in choosing presidential nominees, giving more weight to the outcome of state primaries and caucuses.
The debate over superdelegates was evidence of the fallout from the 2016 fight between eventual nominee Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. His supporters accused the party of tipping the scales in Clinton’s favor.
The change affects committee members, elected officials and party elders who attend presidential conventions as automatic delegates.
Under the new rules, superdelegates still will be automatic delegates to the party’s convention. But they will not have a vote on the first presidential ballot if the convention remains contested.