Anchored in Milwaukee, 2020 Democratic National Convention will be a “Convention Across America”

Convention will engage and unite more Americans than ever before
Delegates will conduct official party business without risking public health

MILWAUKEE, WI—The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced today their convention plan to broadcast from Milwaukee and across the nation, in a convention geared to reach out to all Americans. The DNCC reiterated the Democratic Party’s commitment to holding a convention that would protect public health while transforming the convention experience for delegates and viewers. Convention planners said that host city Milwaukee would anchor the events for the week, and that programming would include both live broadcasts and curated content from Milwaukee and other satellite cities, locations and landmarks across the country.

“Vice President Biden intends to proudly accept his party’s nomination in Milwaukee and take the next step forward towards making Donald Trump a one-term president,” said Jen O’Malley Dillon, Campaign Manager, Biden for President. “The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we are committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state at our convention this August. This will be a convention for all Americans who wish to join our mission to win the battle for the soul of this nation and build a fairer, more united country for us all.”

Convention planners are also developing new ways to organize and engage online with more voters than ever before during this critical election year. Later this week, convention organizers will launch the first of a series of engagement campaigns that will allow Americans across the country to share their ideas and add their voice to convention programming.

Anchored every night in Milwaukee, the Democratic National Convention will include four nights of programming from August 17-20, 2020. The overall production of the convention’s program—including the satellite broadcasts—will be led by nine-time Emmy-award winning producer Ricky Kirshner. Kirshner has served as the Executive Producer of the Tony Awards since 2004, the Super Bowl Halftime Show—the most-watched television event of the year—since 2007, and has worked on every Democratic National Convention since 1992.

At the convention, Democrats will officially nominate Vice President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for president. Through multiple formats and mediums, it will also celebrate the promise of America by featuring the people and their stories that represent the strength and collective humanity of our nation and demonstrate that Vice President Biden is the leader the country needs right now—with the experience, steady hand, and compassion to lead us out of the crisis of the last four years, and strengthen our nation for all Americans.

“Leadership means being able to adapt to any situation,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “That’s exactly what we’ve done with our convention. Unlike this president, Joe Biden and Democrats are committed to protecting the health and safety of the American people. I couldn’t be prouder of the way our team has organized and mobilized to get out the vote and ensure a successful convention anchored in Wisconsin, and I’m grateful for the extraordinary leadership of our partners in the city of Milwaukee. Donald Trump’s days in the Oval Office are numbered.”

Additional updates unveiled by the Democratic National Convention Committee today include:

  • Conducting official business without risking public health—After consulting with public health officials about the COVID-19 pandemic, convention organizers are announcing today that they have determined state delegations should not plan to travel to Milwaukee and should plan to conduct their official convention business remotely. A process is being developed to ensure all delegates can cast their votes on all convention matters, including the presidential nomination, remotely during the convention. DNC standing committee meetings will take place virtually as well, with the first standing committee meetings set for the last week of July.
  • Announcing our Convention Chair—U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson will serve as Permanent Chair of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The Convention Chair presides over all official convention business.
  • Developing robust health protocols—In addition to continued collaboration with local, state, and federal public health officials, the DNCC is bringing on nationally-renowned epidemiologists and infectious disease experts Dr. W. Ian Lipkin and Dr. Larry Brilliant, who will help advise on efforts to protect the health and safety of convention staff, attendees, and the people of Wisconsin. Dr. Lipkin, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, is an expert in diagnostic testing and collaborated with the WHO on coronavirus outbreak control for SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Dr. Brilliant, a former professor of epidemiology, is best known for his work on the successful eradication of smallpox.
  • Updating the convention campus—With fewer people gathering in person at this year’s event, convention planners are modifying the convention campus. All convention proceedings will move from Fiserv Forum to the Wisconsin Center, the convention center located in downtown Milwaukee. Specifics regarding delegation representation on the convention floor will be provided after public health officials complete their assessment of the trajectory and impact of the coronavirus pandemic and determine how many people can safely gather in person later this summer.
  • Eliminating official auxiliary events—Previous conventions have included several large-scale events attended by thousands of people, such as a welcome reception for media and delegates as well as an event for volunteers. In keeping with the commitment to deliver a convention that poses no unnecessary risk to public health, convention organizers will no longer proceed with hosting these in-person parties.

“Everything is on the line this November, which is why we must find creative and forward-looking ways to organize, mobilize, and unite our party around our shared values at the convention so that we can launch Joe Biden to victory this fall,” said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention.

As convention planners continue to monitor the coronavirus health crisis and its impact across the nation, they will continue to examine all options for the success of the convention that ensure the safety of any participants and the host city. More details will be made publicly available as the convention’s plans are further finalized.

About the Democratic National Convention The 2020 Democratic National Convention will be anchored in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from August 17-20. The Democratic National Convention is the formal event during which delegates of the Democratic Party choose the party’s nominees for president and vice president in the 2020 election. At the convention, the Democratic Party also adopts the official Democratic Party platform as well as the rules and procedures governing party activities, including the nomination process for presidential candidates in the next election cycle.

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Important Voting Information

Information about Voting and the Elections that you need to know!

I have received so much good information and so many good questions from Gilmer Democrats about voting, completing their ballots, and the procedures to follow that I am sharing the information in this message with everyone.  I am also sharing information about the Democratic Party of Georgia is doing with regard to the elections.


·         As you try to vote, if you encounter any voting activity that seems unfair or unusual – even if it seems trivial — do not hesitate to contact the DPG Voter Protection Hotline:  1-888-730-5816.  Visit their website for other information: <>.

·         The official DPG (Democratic Party of Georgia) position on safe voting is to VOTE BY MAIL.  The Party, in the month of June, will be educating as many people as possible to understand why it has taken this position.

·         If you have seen or find written information about voting prepared by Gilmer County officials, please send it to for review to  Saira is in charge of voter protection for Gilmer Democrats and has seen evidence of erroneous information given to voters in other counties.

·         If your application for an absentee ballot asked for a Democratic ballot but you received a Republican one, notify the DPG Voter Protection Hotline, 1-888-730-5816.

Your Ballot

·         Postage required on your ballot is a single, first-class stamp.

·         BE SURE TO MATCH the signature on the oath (back flap of the “Official Absentee Ballot”) to the signature on your driver’s license.  Failure to do this can cause your ballot to be rejected.

·         When the flap containing the oath is folded down, just below your signature is a line asking for “Printed name of Elector.”  This line appears to be needed if someone assists in preparation of the ballot.  THIS IS MISLEADING.  YOU NEED TO PRINT YOUR NAME ON THAT LINE WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE ASSISTED IN PREPARING THE BALLOT.

·         RETAIN the envelope in which you received your absentee ballot.  This is proof positive that you applied for and received a ballot.  Notate on the envelope the date you signed your ballot and either mailed it or delivered to the designated place.

·         To check whether your ballot has been counted or to monitor the progress of your ballot, go to the Georgia My Voter Page: <>.  With some browsers, you may then need to click the state.  Then fill in the information requested at the upper right-hand-side of the screen.

·         The law requires that you be promptly notified if your ballot signature is questioned or rejected.  You will be given an opportunity to correct the problem until 3 days after the election.  Monitor the acceptance of your vote at the Georgia My Voter Page, above.   If your vote is not there, notify the Voter Protection Hotline.

Things Your Party is Doing to Ensure Effective and Fair Elections

The DPG has created and implemented new election procedures in Georgia that are being emulated by other states.  For example, organizers are being delegated geographically to every area.  Some are already at work and 15 to 20 new organizers will be hired by late June or early July.  The organizers will work with local Democrats to conduct activities such as fund-raising, phone-banking, virtual meetings, rallies, and town halls.  These and other activities to elect Democrats matter more now than perhaps any other time in our country’s history.

·         Poll Watchers

The Republican Party is projected to have 50,000 poll watchers during the June and August elections, using volunteers including retired Military personnel.  We Democrats are expanding our efforts to identify and train poll watchers.  The State Party itself has taken on these tasks, rather than leave them to the counties, to ensure better coverage and coordination.


If you have previously volunteered to be a Gilmer County Poll Watcher, please renew your request to the State office now in charge.  Notify: <>


Be aware that poll watchers can socially distance.  They may wear masks and gloves and do not need to collect documents and/or have other personal contact with voters.

The state has now been officially declared a battleground state.  


How to Make Change In Your Community

Make Change In Your Community
Even though the world is fighting a pandemic, Democrats across the country need to continue working to make change in their communities and build their local party.

Join us on Wednesday, April 22nd from 8pm-9pm ET for a Virtual Live Training – Local Leaders: How to Make Change In Your Community.

In this Virtual Live Training, you will learn the importance of power mapping when building your network and recruiting others to join your efforts. We’ll give you the tools and strategies needed to grow your community.
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Progressive advocacy group raises alarm about Trump’s remarks on payroll tax holiday

If Trump and Republicans retain power after November’s elections, they will make sure that corporations never repay Social Security,” Michael Phelan, deputy director of Social Security Works, said last month. “Then, Republicans will use the reduced trust fund as an excuse to destroy our Social Security system.”

The Washington Post reported Sunday that the Trump White House is considering proposing a payroll tax cut—as well as a capital gains tax cut—as part of an additional coronavirus stimulus package.

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President’s Approval Rating Falls

The latest numbers suggest the surge in job approval ratings that presidents tend to enjoy during a crisis was modest and short-lived for Trump. New polls this week by Quinnipiac, Reuters, and CNN all find disapproval of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus rising to a majority of Americans.

Trump trails Biden 44 percent to 48 percent in a trial heat, a margin statistically unchanged from last month’s Monmouth poll. Other surveys have shown Trump trailing his Democratic rival by wider margins.

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An Open License to Pollute

President Trump has suspended the regulations that insured us of both clean air and water.  Now corporations may release toxic waste into rivers and streams and pollute the air with toxic emissions. How does this help US citizens maintain their health?

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