GOP: Renomination of Trump to be held in private

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, July 31, 2020. Trump is returning to Washington after attending events in Florida.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention, citing the coronavirus.

While Trump called off the public components of the convention in Florida last month, citing spiking cases of the virus across the country, 336 delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24 to formally vote to make Trump the GOP standard-bearer once more.

Nominating conventions are traditionally meant to be media bonanzas, as political parties seek to leverage the attention the events draw to spread their message to as many voters as possible. If the GOP decision stands, it will mark the first party nominating convention in modern history to be closed to reporters.

“Given the health restrictions and limitations in place within the state of North Carolina, we are planning for the Charlotte activities to be closed press Friday, August 21 – Monday, August 24,” a convention spokeswoman said. “We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events."

Privately some GOP delegations have raised logistical issues with traveling to either city, citing the increasing number of jurisdictions imposing mandatory quarantine orders on travelers returning from states experiencing surges in the virus.

The subset of delegates in Charlotte will be casting proxy votes on behalf of the more than 2,500 official delegates to the convention. Alternate delegates and guests have already been prohibited.

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KerryKenney

It is well past time for election reform. If America implemented a type of election called Run Off Voting, political parties nominate more than one candidate. If one candidate receives 50% of national votes, that individual is the clear winner. If it is not decisive, votes factor the ranking of remaining votes to determine the winner. If it were implemented in this election, for example, the ballot could have Trump, Biden, Pence, Warren. Folks would vote in order of preference. In this way, a party could protect itself from split votes and voters would not be the sinking lifeboat of Donald Trump. In this way, folks could express their conservative or liberal value and not find their government style preference crushed by the vitriol that folks heap on an individual. If the reviled Hillary was not opposing the outsider Trump, maybe we would have a better federal leadership today. As it was Trump received all Trump votes and all votes for folks that wanted Anyone But Hillary. America faces two uninspiring choices in 2020. Is this really the best we have? Two men that will end their administration in their early 80's. Trump and Biden make Reagan look like a fresh faced boy.

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