PCDO 2008 Election, Endorsement, and Resolution results

There was a strong turnout for the annual PCDO potluck and reorganization on January 20, 2008. The slate of officers presented by the nominating committee was elected by acclamation in the absence of contest.

The most exciting part of the evening was the vote to determine whether the organization would endorse any presidential candidate. A PCDO member or representative for the campaign spoke for Clinton, Kucinich, Edwards, Obama, and the Uncommitted slate (delegates who would go to the convention and eb able to vote for any candidate). A 60% threshold is required by the PCDO bylaws for an endorsement. Of the 113 votes cast, the results were:

  1. Obama, 54 votes
  2. Clinton, 35 votes
  3. Edwards, 10 votes
  4. Kucinich, 6 votes
  5. Uncomitted, 5 votes
  6. Gore (written in), 2 votes
  7. No Endorsement, 1 vote
  8. Mike Gravel, 0 votes

Thus, while Obama had the clearly largest plurality, no candidate achieved 60% of the total (68 votes), and thus none was endorsed.

The Resolution Supporting Competitive Primary Elections passed with 76 votes in favor to 15 against.


Annual PCDO meeting
Jo Butler makes announcement while awaiting results of the vote: the Giants score.
Representative for Barack Obama
Melissa Harris Lacewell speaks on behalf of Barack Obama, top vote-getter


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Unaffiliated Voters -- You, too, can vote in the Democratic Primary

If you have never voted in a primary election in New Jersey, chances are you are registered as an "unaffilated" voter. In New Jersey, only people who filled out a party declaration form or who voted in a previous Democratic primary are registered Democrats. That is why the majority of voters in New Jersey are unaffiliated with either party.

The good news is this means that if you are willing to declare your party affiliation you can vote in the Democratic presidential primary. All you do is show up at your polling place on election day and tell the poll worker you want to affiliate with the party. You will sign a form then you'll be able to vote, and voila -- you're a member of the Democratic Party!

For more information, see Voting in the Primary


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Resolution Supporting Competetive Primaries

The following resolution was proposed to and then passed by the PCDO members at the annual membership meeting on January 20.


A Resolution of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Supporting Competitive Primary Elections.


WHEREAS, Competitive elections are essential for a healthy, representative democracy; and

WHEREAS, Non-Competitive elections increase voter apathy, reduce accountability and cause disillusionment with the Democratic Party; and

WHEREAS, Competitive elections increase voter participation, increase accountability and lend vitality to the Democratic Party; and

WHEREAS, Competition tends to raise the caliber of the winning candidates; a benefit to the Democratic Party and to the community; and

WHEREAS, Social dynamics among incumbents, party leaders and PCDO members can be a powerful force against challenges to the status quo, and

WHEREAS, Voter demographics* virtually assure the election of Democrats at the local level, and gerrymandering has reduced competitiveness at the state legislative and congressional level;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the PCDO that we actively promote competitive primaries within the Democratic Party and within our organization, facilitating competition with concrete actions and by creating a social climate where Democratic challengers at all levels are welcomed and encouraged.

* According to June 2007 voter registration records, 74% of partisan voters in Princeton are Democrats and 26% are Republican

Signed by: Anne Reeves; Beth Healey; Chad Goerner; Wendy Benchley, Dan Preston; Grace Sinden; Jenny Crumiller, Mark Freda; Peter Lindenfeld; Robert Turoff; Russ Weiss; Tony Cline, Andrew Koontz and Barbara Trelstad.

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$5 Minimum Dues Available

The Executive Board has instituted a new dues structure which includes a $5 minimum dues.  We hope this will encourage students, young people and anyone else for whom the $15 “suggested” dues is prohibitive to joining.  If you are not on our mailing list and want to join, please download our membership form here.

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2008 Presidential Primary and the PCDO

January 20, 2008 PCDO Presidential Endorsement Vote - Our official endorsement vote, limited to eligible voting members, will take place at our annual membership meeting. We’ll have a potluck dinner at 6pm, followed by the PCDO leadership election and presidential endorsement vote at 7pm.

In order to vote, members will have to have paid their 2008 dues by January 5. A reminder with an envelope will be mailed to members in early December. If you are new or not on our postal mailing list and would like to join the PCDO, you can download a membership form or contact membership chair Laurie Harmon. Note that to have voting privileges you must be registered to vote in Princeton.

PCDO Straw Poll Results – dates are approximate, samples were very small and these are highly unscientific:

January: 1st Obama, 2nd Clinton, 3rd Edwards
February: 1st Gore, 2nd Clinton, 3rd Obama
May: 1st Obama, 2nd Clinton, 3rd Gore
October (10/21): 1st Clinton, 2nd Edwards, 3rd Obama
November (11/18): 1st Obama, 2nd Clinton, 3rd Edwards & Richardson (tie)
December (12/9) (open mike): 1st Obama, 2nd Clinton, 3rd Biden (see full results)


The New Jersey Presidential Primary is February 5, 2008

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Executive Board Minutes –
Members who are interested in the business and goings-on of the PCDO beyond events and announcements on this website and sent via the PCDO email list are reminded that the minutes to the PCDO Executive Board meetings are available online here on this website. A simple registration using the link in the above right corner is required in order to “log in”, after which the link to minutes will be visible on the left menu under “members only.”

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Straw Poll Results for December 9, 2007

The open-mike primary discussion and straw poll was a tremendous success. About 20 people spoke on behalf of 6 candidates and two spoke in favor of an uncommitted slate.  Click here for photos.

We used the instant-runoff method of voting, which entails ranking candidates.
First round count of 1st-place votes:

  • Biden 5
  • Clinton 28
  • Edwards 7
  • Kucinich 3
  • Obama 40
  • Richardson 5
  • Gore (write in) 2
Total votes: 90


Since no candidate reached an absolute majority (50% plus 1, or 46 votes) in the first round, we eliminated candidates starting with the ones receiving the fewest votes.

After eliminating Gore, Kucinich, Richardson and Edwards (in that order), and we re-allocated their ballots to candidates still the running.
Second round count of votes:

  1. Obama 46
  2. Clinton 28
  3. Biden 8


The reason Biden survived longer than Edwards is that he gained 3 votes in the early rounds, while Edwards gained none. Congratulations to the winners, the Obama campaign.

Note that 3 ballots were not counted since the voter checked 3 names without ranking them, so there was no way to allocate them.

If people voted for just 1 candidate, their votes counted for that candidate (but did not count in later rounds if their first and only choice got eliminated) ... which is why the total in the last round comes out to just 82.

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