The Florida Democratic party says there'd be no cap on the money it could take in for a do-over presidential primary, meaning the presidential campaigns or other Democratic donors could foot the bill and see that Florida gets a seat at the convention.
A mail-in primary appeared to be the favorite solution Sunday as politicians and pundits grappled with how to lift the state's renegade status. A mail-in election could cost as much as $6 million, Sen. Bill Nelson said, and "since Governor Dean has said he's not going to do it in the DNC, the Florida Democratic Party's going to have to go out and raise the money."
A spokesman for the party said a vote-by-mail primary is "certainly under consideration" and that the party would be able to accept unlimited contributions.
Spokesman Mark Bubriski said the question of whether the party would need to use the state's election equipment has yet to be resolved, but that the party would not ask for taxpayers dollars to be involved, even if it had to rent state equipment.
DNC chairman Howard Dean, who has ruled out having the national party pick up the tab, called vote-by-mail "actually a very good process.
"Every voter gets a ballot in the mail,'' he said on CBS's Face the Nation. "It's comprehensive, you get to vote if you're in Iraq or in a nursing home. It's not a bad way to do this."
Not everyone is on board. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Fox News Sunday that there are talks on developing a "weighted formula" that would assign delegates to the campaigns:
"You would count the election on the 29th in some way and then other factors like the possible outcome of the rest of the primaries and weight that as well," she said.
Dean said he doesn't expect any resolution until after after Pennsylvania votes in April. He called it "very unlikely" that Florida and Michigan would be seated "as is," without some sort of a do-over, but said he's hopeful "things are moving."