The night before Michigan's primary election the South Berrien County Democratic Club is counting votes. But the ballots they marked Monday night have all three front runners names, unlike the ballots they'll see that count for real in Michigan’s Tuesday primary..
“It sucks. We don’t get a choice. It’s either this or nothing,” Claire Reybuck, a member of the club says.
“I just feel like we were short changed, any way you look at it,” Marsha Brubaker adds.
Disenfranchised by their own political party, and, so far ignored by the Clinton, Obama, and Edwards campaigns.
So, it might come as no surprise the straw poll some chose to cast their votes for none of the above. Two chose to write in for Al Gore.
A vote for Al Gore, or any other write in candidate wont be counted in the Wolverine State’s primary. Leaving many to wonder if their opinion matters if Edwards or Obama is their candidate of choice, but not all hope is lost.
The hope that if 15% of the vote comes back uncommitted, and the national party will allow a number of delegates to attend the national convention.
“We will have these delegates seated at the national convention. No presidential nominee is going to walk away from the state of Michigan,” Jess Minks, chair of the South County Democratic Club tells us.
And even if delegates aren’t sent from Michigan, some say while the individual votes may not count for too much this time around, the states action, to move up the primary does.
“I’m proud that Michigan is taking a stance they’re taking a stance against a system that has been around too long and needs to be corrected.”