Raleigh – On Wednesday evening, the North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Council met and approved a resolution regarding District and County Conventions that would, among other changes, move all conventions to a virtual platform in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and move back the date of all county and district conventions. The draft plan is pending approval from the Democratic National Committee but is available online HERE. Among the changes:
- All County Conventions scheduled for March 28, 2020 will now be held April 25, 2020 and must be held as ‘Virtual County Conventions’ via North Carolina Democratic Party telecommunications tools.
- All District Conventions scheduled for April 25, 2020 will now be held May 16, 2020 and must be held as ‘Virtual District Conventions’ via North Carolina Democratic Party telecommunications tools.
- Counties which fail to meet by one of the methods described above on March 28, 2020 will be ineligible to send delegates to Congressional District and State Conventions.
The state party has taken additional precautions, including closing the North Carolina Democratic Party headquarters to the public through May 1, 2020. All NCDP staff will work from home through April 1, 2020, and are encouraged to follow the Governor’s commonsense recommendations and to limit in-person meetings when possible. All party sponsored events will be postponed until further notice. NCDP has also launched a resource page on our website to direct visitors to appropriate guidance from state and local officials: https://www.ncdp.org/covid-19-response/.
Wayne Goodwin, North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman released the following statement on the party’s proactive response to COVID-19:
“Our party has consulted with health professionals and our national partners, and are heeding the advice of Governor Cooper to make sure we do what we can to protect the health and safety of North Carolinians. The chief concern of our party is the health and safety of not just our members but all of our fellow citizens. I know that each of us will face tough decisions in the coming days but together we can limit the spread of this outbreak and come out of it stronger.”