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In US Politics, what is a Nomination by Acclamation?

Tricia Christensen
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Updated May 17, 2024
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“By Acclamation” can be described as an oral vote, where instead of people proclaiming their vote by traditional ballot or raised hands, all manner of noises, applause, cheers, or shouts of “yay” become substitutes. To acclaim is also to use your voice in an expression of goodwill or to approve. Nomination is to name someone, and usually refers to the act of naming someone to political office (or to run for political office). When put together, nomination by acclamation refers to naming someone to run for political office through nontraditional methods as described above.

From small elections at parent/school organizations for board positions to very big ones like nominating a candidate to run for president, nomination by acclamation may be used as an alternate method to balloting or hand count votes. It’s especially useful when almost everyone is planning to vote a certain way in any case. If a race, as between two people running for president of the parent/school organization is contentious, you wouldn’t choose this method because not all people would vote for the same candidate, though all might acclaim two people’s right to be nominated as potential candidates through acclamation. For the actual election, you’d want to have a fair race with ballots or hand counts in order to determine the winning candidate.

Of course if the race is already decided, showing a full vote is merely a matter of form. This was the case in the 2008 Democratic Primary Elections where Senator Barack Obama was the de facto nominee to run for President. Everyone knew the outcome in advance, and this allowed the Democratic Party, and Senator Hillary Clinton (Senator Obama’s opposition in the primaries) to do something demonstrating the unity of the party behind their candidate.

After a certain amount of delegate votes from various states were counted, showing that Senator Obama had the clear majority, Senator Clinton cut off the vote, moving that Senator Obama receive the nomination by acclamation. This gracious suggestion met with cheers, and signified an end to what had been a hotly contested and bitter primary election between the two senators. Nomination by acclamation was also thought necessary, since it recognized the extraordinary merit of Senator Clinton’s historic campaign, but moved the party toward reunification, with Senator Clinton demonstrating full support for Senator Obama’s candidacy.

Nomination by acclamation is not that unusual at the termination of presidential primaries. Vice presidential candidates are typically nominated by acclamation at their party’s convention. A related term is election by acclamation, used in Canada to express what occurs when a person is running for office without opposition.

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Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen , Writer
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a UnitedStatesNow contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.

Discussion Comments

By Vincenzo — On Dec 28, 2014

@Soulfox -- The symbolic impact of the call for acclamation was exactly why it was necessary. Heck, you had a divisive campaign and a lot of voters still upset that Clinton didn't carry enough votes to win the nomination. Showing the folks at home that she backed Obama was necessary for the party to win the election.

By Soulfox — On Dec 27, 2014

Before getting to the nomination by acclamation point, the winner is already known. In the example above, everyone knew Obama had won the nomination far before Hillary Clinton moved for the delegate voting to end. The call for acclamation was just a way to provide a bit of drama to an event that everyone already knew the ending to before it began.

There was no real reason to call for acclamation. The symbolism of it all was hogwash and it was used to just rally a party behind a candidate it had already nominated.

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