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It’s political convention season! In the upcoming weeks, Republicans and Democrats will officially select candidates for president and vice president.
However, this year’s conventions, or meetings, will be different from traditional events because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s find out more about what Democrats have planned.
The donkey is the symbol of the Democratic Party.
The Democratic Party is a political party, or a group of people who have similar ideas about how our country should be run.
Party members hold a national meeting before a presidential election. At that meeting, representatives from each state, called delegates, announce which candidate they have chosen to run for president.
The candidate also may announce his or her choice for a running mate, who would be vice president if they are elected.
At the convention, members of the party also discuss the party’s platform, or its ideas and goals about different issues facing the country.
This year’s Democratic convention is scheduled for Aug. 17-20 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Because of worries about large numbers of people gathering in close quarters, the Democratic Party has decided to organize a “Convention Across America.”
This means that while some events will still take place in Milwaukee, they will be smaller. Also, delegates will participate in convention activities remotely.
It is expected that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.
Wisconsin’s slogan is America’s Dairyland because of all the cheese and butter produced there.
Milwaukee is in southeastern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan. Three rivers — the Milwaukee, the Menomonee and the Kinnickinnic — all come together at a harbor on the lake.
About two million people live in Milwaukee and the surrounding area.
Several large companies have their headquarters in the city, and large beer breweries have made it famous for their sudsy drinks.
Milwaukee is a cool place to be, with temperatures averaging about 72 degrees in the summer and 22 degrees in the winter.
How many does your state have?
American Samoa 6
District of Columbia 20
New Hampshire 24
New Jersey 126
New Mexico 34
New York 274
North Carolina 110
North Dakota 14
Northern Mariana Islands 6
Puerto Rico 51
Rhode Island 26
South Carolina 54
South Dakota 16
Virgin Islands 7
West Virginia 28
Democrats Abroad 13
On the Web:
National Park Service – Women’s History
At the Library:
The Woman’s Hour: Our Fight for the Right to Vote by Elaine Weiss
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