x
Breaking News
More () »

Maine's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Maine | NewsCenterMaine.com

Maine DNC election goes virtual in the face of COVID-19

The Maine Democratic Party announced remote elections for Maine’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
Credit: AP
An election official hands an "I voted today" sticker to a woman after she cast her ballot in the mid-term election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Auburn, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Like many things that have gone virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Maine Democratic Party announced Thursday they will be holding remote elections at the end of the month.

The remote election is replacing the 2020 State Convention in Bangor, which was canceled last month due to threats posed to the public by the coronavirus. The election will take place on May 29-31.

The Maine GOP tells NEWS CENTER Maine their state committee will vote on new procedures for the Republican 2020 State Convention later this month.

Remote elections will also take place for presidential electors, Democratic National Committee representatives, and seats on the Democratic State Committee. An updated plan to allow remote elections for Maine’s delegates was approved by the Democratic National Committee.

RELATED: Biden campaign to hold virtual roundtable on rural health care in Maine

State delegates elected at caucuses on March 8 and in subsequent county vacancy elections for presidential candidates who earned national delegates will be eligible to vote in national delegate elections. Presidential candidates needed to receive at least 15 percent of the votes cast in Maine’s Presidential Primary to be awarded any of Maine’s 24 pledged national delegates.

Credit: AP
(AP-File photo) Barack Obama supporter Molly Brenerman, 17, center, cheers, during a presentation Saturday, May 31, 2008 at the state Democratic convention in Augusta, Maine.

State delegates will be required to check-in online or by phone on May 27 or May 28 to participate in remote voting. Voting will open each morning, beginning Friday, May 29 at 8 a.m. and close each evening at 8 p.m. State delegates will participate in different elections on each day.

The remote voting schedule, as well as additional information on the process, can be found on the Maine Democratic Party website.

The Democratic National Convention is set to take place the week of August 17 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

RELATED: Democratic National Convention delayed until mid-August due to coronavirus

RELATED: Election whiplash: No rest for Maine GOP and Dems as they prep for statewide caucuses

--

At NEWS CENTER Maine, we’re focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the illness. To see our full coverage, visit our coronavirus section, here: /coronavirus

NEWS CENTER Maine Coronavirus Coverage

RELATED: Watch live: President Trump speaks at White House National Day of Prayer service

RELATED: Maine fishing industry nets $20 million through CARES Act

RELATED: Real-time Maine coronavirus, COVID-19 updates: 62 dead, 1,330 cases, 787 recoveries

RELATED: FDA approves coronavirus vaccine candidate to begin phase 2 trial

RELATED: 'This is a game-changer': Mills announces 'major' expansion for COVID-19 testing