DNC To Hold ‘Virtual’ Roll Call

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) announced this week that it would hold a ‘virtual’ roll call for nominating President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The news came amid increasing concerns about Biden’s job performance and his chances of winning the November election against former President Donald Trump.

The decision comes as the party faces potential issues over the deadline to make it onto Ohio’s ballot.

The news came after a technical error has so far kept the incumbent president off the ballot in Ohio. While it is likely that Biden will be added back on the rolls before November, it represented an embarrassing oversight.

The virtual nomination is needed prior to the Buckeye State’s Aug. 7 deadline. The DNC is not set to start in Chicago until Aug. 19.

Ohio is also considering what to do about the ballot issue. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) called for a special session to discuss the matter and potentially pass a bill that would allow for the ballot deadline to be extended.

“Joe Biden will be on the ballot in Ohio and all 50 states, and Ohio Republicans agree,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison.

“But when the time has come for action, they have failed to act every time, so Democrats will land this plane on our own. Through a virtual roll call, we will ensure that Republicans can’t chip away at our democracy through incompetence or partisan tricks and that Ohioans can exercise their right to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice,” he added.

The news came as the president has stumbled in recent polls. Many national and swing state polls show Trump leading Biden. The lead generally grows when independent candidates, such as Robert F. Kennedy, as included.

Kennedy sought the 2024 Democratic Party nomination for the White House but dropped out prior to launching his independent bid. The candidate said that he did not receive fair treatment from the Democratic Party establishment.

While the roll call decision did not specifically mention Kennedy, it is possible that it was made to avoid other candidates potentially receiving nominations or votes.