DNC To Nominate Biden Virtually, Circumventing Ohio’s Early Ballot Deadline

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has devised a plan to nominate President Joe Biden as the party’s 2024 candidate through a virtual roll call vote ahead of the Democratic National Convention in August. This strategy aims to prevent Biden from being left off the Ohio ballot due to the state’s Aug. 7 deadline for certifying candidates, which falls nearly two weeks before the convention.

Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature has refused to ease the deadline for Biden without attaching to the new bill a renegotiation of pork provisions involving unrelated campaign finance legislation, known as a ‘poison pill’. The DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison sent a memo declaring that ‘Democrats will land this plane on our own’, and making sure that ‘Republicans can’t chip away at our democracy through incompetence or partisan tricks.’

That virtual roll call, along the lines of the party’s 2020 convention during the COVID-19 pandemic, needs the go-ahead on June 4 from the DNC’s rules and bylaws committee, and on June 6 from all DNC members. If approved, the virtual roll call could take place, with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris being officially nominated in time for the deadline to get their names on the ballot in Ohio.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has pushed back against Democrats’ attacks, arguing that the party has left no room for him to help them legally and has refused to negotiate with Republican lawmakers to secure the necessary deadline extension.

Flak coming from the turmoil currently shaking the foundations of the Democrat Party may be avoided by this early nomination of Biden, as those in the party who stand firmly against Israel’s war against Hamas may lose their chance to confront the president.

Ohio has been warning Democrats about this issue. But they’ve waited for this to almost become a crisis. Is there something else going on here?

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