Democrats Scrambling For A “Virtual Roll Call” To Nominate Biden

  • A battle in Ohio has put ballot access at the forefront of conversations.
  • The Ohio Secretary of State has refused to move the certification deadline to allow the president on the ballot.
  • Democrats are accusing the GOP of shady tricks.
  • The Left has now proposed a solution to the problem.

( – The Democratic Party will hold the Democratic National Convention (DNC) from August 19-22 in Chicago, Illinois. That’s after the date that Ohio requires parties to certify their candidates. That has created a problem for President Joe Biden. Democrats have now come up with a workaround for the problem.

Virtual Vote

The Democratic Party will take the unusual step of holding a virtual roll call ahead of the DNC to make Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris official. That is the party’s solution to the state’s August 7 deadline for parties to certify their candidates.

Axios reported DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison said the virtual solution will get Biden “on the ballot in Ohio and all 50 states.” He said the virtual roll call will ensure the GOP “can’t chip away at our democracy through incompetence or partisan tricks” and Ohio has the opportunity to vote for who they want.

Generally, the deadline is not a problem. State lawmakers who have deadlines before the convention just move the dates back. Alabama did it this year and Ohio has done it twice in the past. In May, Secretary of State Frank LaRose refused to move the date as others before him had. The Republican said the president of the United States wouldn’t appear on the ballot unless the party abided by the deadline or lawmakers came up with a legislative solution.

Republican lawmakers originally refused to move the deadline as well. Their decision infuriated GOP Governor Mike DeWine. He called for a special session to force the legislative branch to find a solution to the problem. He said that failing to fix the issue was “ridiculous” and “an absurd situation.”

Another Dispute Stalls Fix

Lawmakers are now working on a solution. The House drafted a bill to change the nomination deadline to August 23, 74 days before the election. That would likely be a permanent fix to prevent this from happening in the future. The House bill only changed the deadline. The Senate also drafted a bill.

The Senate added a campaign finance bill to the deadline change. The House said it would agree to a deadline change but would only do so if the Senate removed the finance rider.

Rep. Dani Isaacsohn (D) accused Republicans in the Senate of including “anti-democratic” provisions to the bill. Senate President Matt Huffman (R) disputed the claims and said that it was an attempt to protect election integrity. Isaacsohn dismissed that explanation, saying the finance bill would make it harder for grassroots campaigns to get on the ballot.

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