2020 Democratic National Convention
The 2020 Democratic National Convention is an event in which delegates of the United States Democratic Party will choose the party's nominees for president and vice president in the 2020 United States presidential election. Originally scheduled to be held July 13–16, 2020, the convention was postponed to August 17–20, 2020, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the United States. The event is scheduled to be held at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but may be held virtually. Joe Solmonese, former President of the Human Rights Campaign, was named convention CEO in March 2019.
|2020 presidential election|
The Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, may be the site of the 2020 Democratic National Convention
|Date(s)||August 17–20, 2020|
|Presidential nominee||Joe Biden of Delaware (presumptive)|
|Vice Presidential nominee||TBD|
|Votes needed for nomination||1,991|
Bids on the site for the convention were solicited in late 2017 and were made public in the spring of 2018. Las Vegas later withdrew and decided to focus on the 2020 Republican National Convention, for which its bid was subsequently defeated by Charlotte.
On June 20, 2018, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced four finalists for the convention site. Immediately following the announcement, the finalist city of Denver withdrew from consideration due to apparent scheduling conflicts.
The selection of Milwaukee will make this the first Democratic National Convention to be hosted in the Midwestern United States since Chicago hosted the 1996 Democratic National Convention, and the first to be hosted in a midwestern city other than Chicago since St. Louis hosted the 1916 Democratic National Convention.
- Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado (withdrawn after finalist selection)
- Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
- American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida (with some meetings at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida)
With the exception of Milwaukee, each of the finalist cities was a past host of a Democratic convention. Denver hosted in both 1908 and 2008. Houston hosted in 1928. Miami hosted in 1972. In addition, both Houston and Miami have also previously hosted Republican National Conventions, with Houston hosting it once in 1992 and Miami having hosted both the 1968 and 1972 RNCs.
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Las Vegas, Nevada (withdrew in order to focus on bid for 2020 RNC)
Atlanta had previously hosted the 1988 convention.
Approximately 50,000 people are expected to attend the convention. 31 state delegations will stay in 2,926 Milwaukee-area hotel rooms and 26 delegations will stay in 2,841 hotel rooms in Lake County and Rosemont, Illinois. Another 11,000 hotel rooms will house volunteers, members of the media, donors, and other attendees.
Milwaukee had been planning an extension of its streetcar line to be completed in advance of the convention. However, these plans faltered, and the expansion will not be completed in time for the convention.
Organizers are also recruiting 15,000 volunteers.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the convention has been delayed to August 17–20. The DNC authorized its convention planners on May 12 to research alternative methods for participants to cast votes, considering that the DNC may decide to hold the entire convention online.
Role of superdelegatesEdit
Superdelegates are delegates to the convention who are automatically chosen by the party, rather than by the results of primaries and caucuses. While technically unpledged, many of them have informally pledged themselves to a predesignated front-runner in previous elections. During the 2016 Democratic primaries, most of these favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. The superdelegate system is controversial among Democrats, and supporters of both Clinton and Sanders have called for their removal in 2020.
The Unity Reform Commission, created after the 2016 election, recommended that the number of 2020 superdelegates be drastically reduced. As of July 2018, the DNC plans to revoke voting rights for superdelegates on the first ballot. They will be able to affect the selection of the presidential and vice presidential nominees only if voting continues to another ballot, which has not happened since 1952 for the presidential nomination and 1956 for the vice-presidential nomination.
Politico reported on January 31, 2020, that a small group of DNC members has been discussing plans to weaken Bernie Sanders's campaign by changing the rules to allow superdelegates to vote on the first ballot, in what would be a reversal of the reforms made following the 2016 election. However, prominent former DNC members, including Donna Brazile and Don Fowler, have argued against changing the rules again, while DNC chair Perez has denied the possibility of a rule change.
Selection of pledged delegatesEdit
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The number of delegates allocated to each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., are based on, among others, the proportion of votes each state gave to the Democratic candidate in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential elections. A fixed number of pledged delegates are allocated to each of the five U.S. territories and Democrats Abroad.
Qualification of suspended campaignsEdit
The Democratic National Committee's 2020 selection rules state that any candidate who is no longer running loses the statewide delegates they have won and those delegates are then reallocated to candidates still in the race. However, the interpretation of this rule in 2020 races might be different than the interpretation in past races. In previous elections, such as the 2008 presidential primary, candidates would suspend their candidacies rather than formally withdraw, allowing their already pledged delegates to attend the convention and pick up new ones along the way. 
Some controversy occurred in April 2020 when the New York state presidential primary was canceled over the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York State Board of Elections then cancelled the Democratic primary, in part to protect public health, but citing a state law allowing cancellation of elections that are uncontested.
The Sanders campaign stated that Sanders had not withdrawn and neither Sanders nor the DNC had requested the cancellation, and demanded that the DNC overturn the decision or disqualify New York's delegates.
On April 28, Andrew Yang and several Yang delegates filed a federal lawsuit against the New York State Board of Elections over the same cancellation. Oral arguments were heard on May 4. On May 5, Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York ruled that Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to scrap the state's primary violated the 1st and 14th Amendment rights of presidential contenders who have ended their campaigns, and the Board of Elections issued a ruling requiring New York to hold its presidential primary in June, and to restore Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other former presidential candidates to the ballot. 
Pre-convention delegate countEdit
The table below reflects the presumed delegate count as per the 2020 Democratic primaries.
As of January 2020[update], the following overall number of pledged delegates is subject to change, as possible penalty/bonus delegates (awarded for each states scheduled election date and potential regional clustering) may be altered.
Candidates who have suspended their campaigns without having received any pledged or superdelegate endorsements, as well as those who've suspended their campaigns and subsequently lost their endorsements to other candidates, are not included in the table below.
|Presumed 2nd ballot|
|Total delegate votes||3,979||4,753|
Presidential and vice presidential ballotingEdit
Since 1996, uncontested balloting has been done by a full roll call vote. In 2008, the balloting was stopped short by agreement of the two candidates (there was a "secret ballot" earlier in the day so delegates for the losing side, in this case, Hillary Clinton, could cast their votes). In 2016, there were attempts to do away with the roll call, but the Sanders campaign refused this idea.
- The overall number of pledged delegates is subject to change as possible penalty/bonus delegates (awarded for each states scheduled election date and potential regional clustering) are not yet included.
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