The Democratic State Committee’s request for presidential primary ballot positions is in violation of Democratic National Committee rules, according to a post on Blue Jersey.
Yesterday, PolitickerNJ.com reported that the a Democratic State Committee lawyer sent a letter to the Assistant Attorney General and county clerks requesting that primary ballots in each country be constructed to give the first ballot position to a candidate that has been endorsed by a county organization, and that where there is no endorsement, a drawing take place between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for first slot. Clinton and Obama were the only two candidates to field full slates of delegates.
The post said that such an arrangement would give preferential treatment to Obama and Hillary, in direct violation of DNC rules meant to ensure that no candidate gets preferential treatment.
“Any individual or group of Democrats may sponsor or endorse a slate of candidates for convention delegates. But no slate may, by virtue of such endorsement, receive a preferential place on a delegate selection ballot or be publicly identified on the ballot as the official Democratic Party organization slate,” read the rules.