The 717 Democratic Party insiders, a.k.a. Superdelegates are not bound to the will of the voters.
Ten percent of these Superdelegates are current or former lobbyists.
41 of these lobbyists have already committed to party favorite, Clinton.
Their votes could be the deciding factor in a close election.
The procedure was adopted to protect the party establishment from "grassroots activists". (a.k.a. uncorrupted outsiders) Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasermann Schultz said this about superdelegates (also called unpledged delegates):
“…unpledged delegates exist to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists…”