Hey DNC, we know the difference between a sham ballot and real election: Why Senator Clinton's name must be placed in nomination
Many have asked me about the relationship between having Senator Clinton name's put into nomination and having her name on a roll call ballot. The bottom line: to become an official winner of any roll call ballot, a person listed on the ballot must be an official nominee to be the Democratic Party's candidate to run for the Presidency in November. Simply being on the ballot is not enough. Under normal rules (for the sake of argument, let's be charitable and assume the DNC will actually use these in Denver), no candidate can win a convention vote unless she or he is an actual nominee. For example, if nobody were to put Senator Obama's name in nomination, he could not become the Democratic candidate for the general election regardless of the outcome of any roll call vote. Likewise for Senator Clinton. There may be symbolic value in having Senator Clinton on the ballot at the Convention, but this measure alone has no teeth. If the DNC truly wants to permit superdelegates to participate in a genuine election, it must permit both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama to be official nominees. Anything else is a sham election, rigged to achieve only one result.