COVID-19 forces New Hampshire Democrats to modify convention, delegate selection

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CONCORD, N.H. – In the minds of most people, New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Democratic Primary ended a few weeks ago, but in reality, it was set to completely end in April. With the COVID-19 virus, that ending is coming in May.

Only half of New Hampshire’s 33 delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention were chosen in February, with those delegates set to select the majority of the other delegates in a meeting on April 25.

That April 25 in-person meeting has been changed to a ballot election and conference call due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic State Convention on May 9 changed  to an online setting.

“The health and safety of Granite Staters are our number one priority,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “After many discussions and careful consideration by our executive committee and staff, we have adapted our upcoming events schedule and upcoming votes to ensure the safety of Granite Staters in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to begin on July 13 in Milwaukee, but it remains unclear if that convention may be either postponed or modified in a way comparable to New Hampshire’s convention.

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.