Democrats Bending The Rules For Biden?

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( – To beat Ohio’s August 7th deadline, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is preparing virtual proceedings to nominate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as the Party’s nominees.

The virtual proceedings will precede its in-person convention this summer in Chicago.

Ohio requires parties to certify its Presidential candidates at least 90 days before Election Day. The DNC planned to certify Biden at its August 19th convention, only 75 days before the election.

However, the DNC had to disrupt its plans after Ohio Senate lawmakers convened a special session on Tuesday to address Biden’s ability to appear on the general election ballot in the state.

Ohio’s Republican-led House and Senate have been opposed to passing a bill to relax the deadline to allow Biden to appear on the ballot without a vote on unrelated legislation about campaign finance that Democrats oppose.

Additionally, the virtual nomination would likely take away from the convention’s fanfare.

Jaime Harrison, the chair for the DNC, released a statement declaring that Biden would be on Ohio’s ballot, adding that despite Ohio Republicans agreeing, they had “failed to act every time,” requiring Democrats to “land this plane on our own.”

Harrison added that the GOP couldn’t “chip away at our democracy” because of their “incompetence or partisan tricks.”

Liz Walters, the chair of Ohio’s Democratic Party, relayed a similar message, blaming the state’s GOP for “playing politics” that could prohibit the state’s voters from having a choice in the upcoming election.

Walters concluded by saying Democrats wouldn’t allow the GOP, who she described as showing a “blatant disregard for the rights of voters,” to hold the country’s “democracy hostage.”

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