(CN) – Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean suggested on Sunday that contested presidential delegates in Michigan and Florida could be allotted by holding two statewide mail-in elections.
The two states lost the right to seat their combined 313 delegates at the Democrats’ nominating convention this year by moving up their primaries in defiance of the DNC.
Sen. Barack Obama leads Sen. Hillary Clinton by 110 delegates – 1,578 to 1,468, in an unofficial Associated Press tally – with 2,025 needed to win the nomination.
“Every voter gets a ballot in the mail,” Dean suggested on “Face the Nation.” “… It’s not a bad way to do this.”
But even if Dean’s suggestion is put into effect, the Democratic nominee still may be effectively selected by the party’s 800 superdelegates – elected and appointed party officials, who are not bound by results of primary elections.