Indiana Democratic Convention to be held virtually

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The Indiana Democratic Party has decided to hold its 2020 convention virtually instead of as an in-person event, officials announced Tuesday morning.

The convention had been scheduled to take place on May 5 but was postponed last month to June 13 because of the pandemic. It will maintain the June 13 date as planned, but delegates will meet virtually to conduct business, and all voting will be done by mail.

The event had ben scheduled to take place at the Sagamore Ballroom and Wabash Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center, with an expected crowd of 2,000.

The party will mail state delegates a ballot they can to use to nominate the candidate for attorney general and lieutenant governor. Party officials are looking into whether voting for the state’s 70 delegates to the Democratic National Convention can be done online.

The winners for contested races, such as attorney general, will be announced after June 13. State Sen. Karen Tallian from Ogden Dunes and former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel are both running to be the party’s nominee for attorney general.

“We’re excited to hold the 2020 State Convention virtually and we’re confident we’ve found the safest way to bring Hoosier Democrats from around the state together,” Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody said in a written statement. “There’s just too much at stake in 2020 to not adapt to maintain a critical element of the electoral process. Hoosiers find a way, and that’s exactly what our party intends to do.”

The new schedule of events is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

The Indiana Republican Party State Convention is still scheduled for June 19-20 in downtown Indianapolis, but party Chairman Kyle Hupfer has said party officials are looking into all options for the event.

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