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Two Vermont DNC Delegates Replaced Due To Gender

A complaint to the Democratic National Convention says two male Vermont delegates were replaced by women in the name of "gender balance" and without adequate due process.
The complaint, filed by 21 Vermont Democrats, says the national party this month ordered the state party to replace Vermont Senator Tim Ashe and party stalwart Ken Dean although Dean and Ashe were elected June 11 as delegates.

Dean told The Associated Press on Wednesday about the complaint, which was filed with the DNC credentials committee.

Vermont Democratic Party Executive director Conor Casey said Thursday the state party was trying to follow national party requirements. A national party spokesman didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.

Dean, Ashe and their female replacements support Senator Bernie Sanders over presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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