The Democratic National Convention has been postponed by about a month in light of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The convention, where delegates will confirm their party’s candidate for the presidential race, was originally slated to take place July 13-16. It is now scheduled to take place the week of Aug. 17, putting the DNC a week before the Republican National Convention, which is still scheduled to take place Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, N.C.
The DNC is expected to draw about 50,o00 people to Milwaukee, Wis. Officials from the city’s mayor to the DNC’s chairman have insisted the Democratic nominating spectacle will go on as recently as two weeks ago. For now, the RNC is set to go on as scheduled.
The voting process to determine the nominee has been disrupted as more than a dozen states have delayed their own primary elections to June to avoid spreading the coronavirus through polling places.
“In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach is to take additional time to monitor how this situation unfolds so we can best position our party for a safe and successful convention,” said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, in a statement.
“During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact remain unknown, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of health care professionals and emergency responders.”