As the Democrats settle on a de facto nominee, the pandemic raises questions about primaries, conventions and election day.
Could the November election be delayed due to coronavirus?
Is Joe Biden the Democratic presidential nominee?
Will Democratic primary elections still take place?
Why is Sanders staying on the Democratic primary ballot?When Sanders suspended his campaign this week, he made it clear that he viewed Biden as the party’s de facto nominee. But that doesn’t mean that Biden is automatically the official Democratic candidate – he still has to receive the party’s nomination, which happens at the Democratic national convention (now delayed from July to August). If Biden secures 1,991 pledged delegates at the DNC, which now seems likely, he will be the official nominee. Sanders has said he will stay on the ballot in states that are yet to hold their primaries, to continue to exert the influence of his leftist movement on the 2020 Democratic policy platform.
How will the conventions work?
Will campaigning continue?
Could the election be carried out by vote-by-mail?
What happens if a candidate becomes incapacitated?