Summary of the Unity Reform Commission Report

This report presents a critical opportunity for Democrats to step up on voting rights. Action on this issue is essential for our democracy and for Party reform. Democrats cannot simply criticize Republicans for attacking voting rights at every level. The Unity Reform Commission is shouting loud and clear that voting rights in the nominating process at every level must be the cornerstone of the Party. The right to caucus and vote in primaries for the 2020 Presidential nomination, the right to a clear process in party leadership elections, and everything in between must meet the test of maximizing participation, transparency, and ease of participation. View the full report here:

The report is organized into four sections:

Super Delegates

Following the mandate in the resolution creating the Commission, the URC proposes pledging most DNC members to the delegate vote in their state.  The at large and other DNC members not elected through their state would be pledged to the proportional national results for purposes of nominating the President.  


The state parties must encourage party switching to be as easy as possible including switching on the days of the Primary and cannot use state law as justification for inaction.  Litigation must be used if necessary.    Currently at least 19 states make party switching difficult, led by NY where party switching for the September 11 primary was closed on October 13, 2017!

All 57 state parties must also support automatic voter registration and same-day registration.  


Parties using a caucus for the presidential nomination must include absentee voting.

These states must allow same-day voter registration and party switching.

These states must have public reporting of vote totals from each location.

Votes must be cast in writing.

There must be a procedure for recounting.

Party Reform

57 “State” Parties

State parties need a growth plan that includes full disclosure and transparency for the election to party leadership at the county and state level.  This process including nominating deadlines should be clear and open to all Democrats.


The DNC itself must operate in a manner that is open and transparent and in keeping with the Charter and Bylaws.

There should be an Ombudsman Council of 7 elected DNC  officials to consider complaints regarding violations of the Charter and Bylaws.

The nominating process for DNC leadership positions must be clear including deadlines.

The Budget Process should include an expanded role for the Budget and Finance Committee and that committee should be filled by elected DNC officials.

Vendor contracts should reflect the diversity and increased disclosure and review.

This report has been sent to all members of the DNC. The 35 members of the Rules and Bylaws committee will consider it at their meeting on January 19 and 20 in Washington, DC.  The report will be discussed and voted on by the 447 members of the DNC beginning with the March 8-10 meeting in Washington, DC.