The United States election cycle seems never-ending, but the last push to draw voters is upon us.
The Democratic National Convention wrapped up last night from Wilmington, Delaware, where Joe Biden gave his address to accept his nomination as the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate.
- The virtual four-day event included pre-recorded segments showing support for Biden. These videos might be why your Twitter feed is scrolling abound with clips of Barack and Michelle Obama, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), and the now-viral 13-year old Brayden Harrington for his touching speech.
The DNC is hosted to unveil the official Democratic ticket for the presidential election, including the historic choice of California Senator Kamala Harris for vice-president. The overall consensus has accepted Biden to be the top contender for weeks. However, the convention is where nominations are officially recognized and serve as the catapult for the remainder of both parties’ political campaigns.
The Republican Convention will be held Aug. 24, through Aug. 27, mostly taking place in Charlotte North Carolina. Donald Trump will be accepting his official nomination from the White House, and he is expected to have live audiences in attending.
COVID-19 has placed new constraints on the 2020 election including an increased desire to vote by mail. This is why understanding the crisis the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been going through is relevant. Due to unprecedented financial cuts, services are being significantly reduced while many mailboxes have reportedly been relocated.
- The USPS cannot guarantee that mail-in ballots will be delivered in time for the Nov, 3. election, although they are still functioning.
- The US Post Master General and former million-dollar Trump donor Louis DeJoy testified at an emergency congress session to discuss the changes he has made to the postal service.
Democrats Abroad is an organization that helps U.S. citizens unable to vote domestically, acquire what they need to make sure their votes are counted.
- Dianna English, who volunteers at the Democrats Abroad Toronto chapter, says that this is a pivotal election and that “our system itself is on the ballot.”
- With more than 600,000 American citizens living in Canada, according to Democrats Abroad, only 5 per cent of that group voted in the 2016 election. “We are trying to make sure that changes,” said English.
The organization offers resources to help voters register as well as request ballots and their return envelopes. There will be an additional precautionary measure in place for 2020 called the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), an emergency back-up ballot if your original one is not received.
- The first (of three) presidential debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump begin Sept. 29. The vice presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence is scheduled for Oct. 7.
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