Democrats in the United States will hold an almost entirely virtual convention in August in Milwaukee where Joe Biden is expected to accept the nomination.
While Biden plans to accept the presidential nomination in person, it remains to be seen whether there will be a significant in-person audience there to see it.
The Democratic National Committee said in a statement that official business, including the votes to nominate Biden and his yet-to-be-named running mate, will take place virtually through online streaming and live broadcast, with delegates asked not to travel to Milwaukee.
It is the latest sign of how much the COVID-19 pandemic has changed American life and the 2020 presidential election, leading Biden and the party to abandon the usual trappings of an event that draws tens of thousands of people to the host city to mark the start of the general election campaign. Not even during the Civil War or World War II did the two major parties abandon in-person conventions with crowded arenas.
Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said the drastically altered convention would not be an impediment to his bid for office.
“Vice President Biden intends to proudly accept his party’s nomination in Milwaukee and take the next step forward towards making Donald Trump a one-term president,” she said, adding that Biden’s campaign will continue to highlight Wisconsin as a key battleground state.