Dems Get Instructions on Convention Voting, State Gatherings Undecided
State delegates to the Democratic National Convention have received instructions on how to vote for the party’s scaled-down version of the event that will nominate the party’s candidate for president but still haven’t been told if they will meet in person or virtually for state gatherings, Fox News is reporting.
The Democratic National Convention originally was to have started Monday in Milwaukee, but because of the spread of the novel coronavirus earlier this year, Democratic officials delayed the gathering to Aug. 17 and announced it would largely be held via computer.
The overwhelming majority of the approximately 4,000 delegates will not attend the national convention in person, but how they will meet state-by-state is unknown.
“We have not made specific plans yet as we haven’t received guidance from the convention committee,” Ray Buckley, the New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman, said to Fox News. “There are limitless possibilities being discussed but until we hear from the convention committee, we can’t make any definitive plans.”
Party officials on Friday, at least, disclosed that there will be two weeks of virtual voting from Aug. 3-15 leading up to the convention.
Every delegate will receive a ballot specific to them via email. They are to send the completed ballots, which will have questions on the party’s platform and nominee, to their relative state’s Democratic Party.
The state parties are then to forward those to the national party and they all will be counted on Aug. 15.
A letter announcing the voting process says it was one “that will allow convention delegates to safely and securely cast ballots for all required votes. Each delegate will be sent an individualized ballot with unique identifiers via email.”
Former Vice President and presumptive nominee Joe Biden reportedly is planning on attending the convention on the final night to accept the nomination.
The Democrats’ plans are in stark contrast to the Republicans’ who have moved their gathering to Jacksonville, Florida, from Charlotte, North Carolina, to ensure a full-fledged convention after North Carolina’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper balked at any large-scale congregation in his state.