The Democratic National Committee (DNC) plans to virtually nominate Joe Biden for president to avoid missing Ohio’s nomination deadline.

“DNC Chair Jaime Harrison announced Democrats would be holding a virtual roll call to ensure Biden gets on the ballot in all 50 states,” The Hill reports.

The announcement follows the GOP-controlled state Legislature failing to pass a fix that would allow Joe Biden to appear on the ballot.

However, Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, called for a special session of the state Legislature to ensure Joe Biden is on the ballot in the 2024 presidential election.

The Democratic National Convention, where the party typically nominates its candidates for president and vice president, is scheduled approximately two weeks after Ohio’s August 7th deadline.

“Joe Biden will be on the ballot in Ohio and all 50 states, and Ohio Republicans agree. But when the time has come for action, they have failed to act every time, so Democrats will land this plane on our own,” Harrison said.

NBC News reports:

The DNC’s rules and bylaws committee is expected to vote June 4 on a resolution to allow for the virtual roll call. All DNC members will then vote on the resolution in the following weeks and, once adopted, a virtual nomination process can proceed. Party officials are likening the approach to the virtual convention held in 2020 during the pandemic.

“Once again, Republican politicians at the statehouse are playing politics with our democracy by trying to prevent Ohio voters from choosing who they want to be president, but Democrats will not trade Ohioans’ ability to hold their government accountable for presidential ballot access,” Liz Walters, the Ohio Democratic Party chair, said in a statement.

Nickie Antonio, the Democratic leader in the Ohio Senate, announced the change in strategy at a news conference Tuesday.

“The first thing we’ve done is we have asked the Biden campaign to issue a statement, which they will do today, assuring the people in the state of Ohio that Joe Biden will be on the ballot because they are going to go in an alternative direction to find a solution that does not include the Ohio Legislature,” Antonio said.

From The Hill:

Democrats were notified earlier this year that the timing of their convention didn’t meet a state deadline to certify the party’s presidential nominee. Democrats needed to certify Biden by Aug. 7 in order to make the Ohio ballot, but the Democratic National Convention kicks off beginning Aug. 19.

Ohio legislators struggled to reach a legislative fix; Senate Republicans passed a bill that would allow a one-time fix that would move the certification deadline back so Democrats could make it. But it was also paired with a provision that would ban foreign contributions in ballot initiatives, which Democrats rejected.

The state House had worked on a more permanent solution that would change the certification deadline, but ultimately neither of those bills was officially voted on in the lower chamber.

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