DemDaily: Rolling Out The Nomination

June 24, 2024

In an unprecedented move, members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) last Thursday voted to move forward with nominating President Joe Biden through a “virtual roll call” vote ahead of the August 19-22 Democratic National Convention.

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The maneuver became necessary to ensure that Biden appears on the Ohio ballot this November after Ohio's Republican-controlled General Assembly refused to pass legislation to alter an obscure legal deadline for ballot access.

The Nomination "Conflict"
Ohio requires political parties to confirm their presidential candidates 90 days before the November election. This year, that deadline is August 7 -- two weeks before Biden is officially nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago -- which would render the sitting president ineligible to be listed on Ohio's ballot as the Democratic nominee.

There are typically a few states each election year whose ballot certification deadlines do not align with the party’s official nominating convention. Traditionally, those issues are quietly resolved by either the state legislature, the secretary of state or internally between the state parties -- as Ohio did in 2012 and 2020 and Alabama and Washington did this cycle.

Although the date of the Democratic National Convention had been known for nearly a year, Ohio Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose waited until April 5 to inform the state Democratic Party of "the conflict" and that the "Democratic National Committee must either move up its nominating convention or the Ohio General Assembly must act by May 9, 2024" in accordance with state law. Otherwise, President Biden would not appear on the Ohio ballot.

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To thwart the GOP's attempts to keep Biden off the ballot, the DNC proposed a virtual roll call vote similar to that conducted during the 2020 convention.

In the interim, after months of infighting, Ohio Republicans succumbed to passing last-minute legislation to temporarily adjust the deadline, which would go into effect September 1, 2024.

In response, the DNC warned that "We cannot guarantee that this is the last partisan game," and the risk of entrusting "the right of Ohio voters to cast their ballot for the candidate of their choice in their hands of...Ohio Republicans [who] have repeatedly acted in bad faith throughout this process" is not one the party is willing to take.

The date of the presidential nominating roll call, expected to take place in mid-late July, is forthcoming.

The altered schedule, however, is not entirely unwelcome after the success of the 2020 Democratic Convention virtual nominating roll call, necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. The “Roll Call Across America” featured Democratic delegates casting their votes in iconic and often historic locations, from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama to a cornfield in Iowa and a field of grazing cattle in Montana.

The DNC still plans to hold some version of the traditional roll call during the convention, incorporated into what is already expected to be a spectacular interactive national experience in Chicago.

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The DNC still plans to hold some version of the traditional roll call during the convention as well, incorporated into what is already expected to be a spectacular interactive national experience in Chicago.

Democratic Party Platform 
The DNC also announced meetings regarding the Democratic platform, as well as the rules and procedures governing party activities.

The first Platform Committee meeting will be July 16, followed by the Rules Committee meeting on July 19 and the Credentials Committee’s first meeting on July 21.

All the DNC’s committee meetings will be virtual and streamed online for the public. Each committee includes about 200 people from the nation's 57 states and territories.

Party of the People
The DNC is launching an online portal this Friday, June 28, that will allow all Democrats to fill out a form detailing what they want to see in this year’s party platform. There will be a version in Spanish as well as one in English.

“Through our testimony portal, we’ll be able to hear from more Americans and receive more input than ever before as we chart the road to the 2024 Democratic National Convention. We’ll build a platform that is rooted in the collective experience of Americans and mobilize people to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in November.” - DNC Chair Jaime Harrison

Related
DemDaily: Countdown to The Convention 5/13/24
DemDaily: Your Convention Primer! 4/15/24
DemDaily: Call to the Convention Calendar 3/25/24
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