As you may have seen, the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee met by phone this afternoon. Below is some background on the changes taken up regarding state parties' delegate selection plans and national convention planning. As always, please let me know if you have any questions!
CHANGES IN 5 STATES:
The RBC took up waivers submitted by states parties who are having their primaries after the June 9 deadline or electing their delegates after the June 20 deadline. Those states include:
-Kentucky (moving primary to 6/23)
-New York (moving primary to 6/23)
-New Jersey (moving primary to 7/7)
-Delaware (moving primary to 7/7)
-Louisiana (moving primary to 7/11)
For these five states whose waiver requests were considered, the allocation of pledged delegates will not be changed. Each state will maintain the allocation that was in place when their plan was found to be in compliance with the rules.
In addition, the RBC took up a resolution in order to confirm that the Democratic National Convention Committee has maximum flexibility to plan a safe event that guarantees every delegate can accomplish their official business without putting their own health at risk.
This will give the convention team the authority to make the necessary changes to the format, size, date or other aspects in order to conduct a safe convention.
During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact in August remain unknown, convention planners are exploring a range of contingency options to ensure all delegates will be able to cast ballots and accomplish their business, regardless of their ability to travel and participate in person.
Protecting the health and well-being of our host community in Wisconsin and everyone involved with the convention will drive every decision convention planners make as they put plans in place for August.
In the coming weeks, the Democratic Convention team will remain in constant communication with federal, state, and local public health officials—and will follow their guidance to determine how many people can safely gather in Milwaukee this August.
Democrats remain inspired by the people who live and work in Milwaukee and remain committed to hosting this historic moment in their hometown. The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we couldn't be more committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state when we host our convention there this August.
Battleground Press Secretary
Democratic National Committee