Democrats to Hold Largely Virtual Convention

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed U.S. Democrats to take the historic step of moving most of the party’s August convention to a virtual format.

The Democratic National Convention Committee announced the decision Wednesday, saying state delegations would be told to stay home with host city Milwaukee still serving as the hub of four nights of live broadcasts but with satellite cities and landmarks also playing a part in the event.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, said Biden still intends to “proudly accept his party’s nomination in Milwaukee.”

Most of the typical convention business done by party officials who gather from all over the country will be accomplished through remote working sessions.

Because the event will no longer feature the usual large crowds packed into a big space to cheer speeches and hold votes, the party said it was moving from the Fiserv Forum, the home of the National Basketball Association’s Milwaukee Bucks, to Milwaukee’s convention center.

“The DNCC reiterated the Democratic Party’s commitment to holding a convention that would protect public health while transforming the convention experience for delegates and viewers,” the committee said in a statement.

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