Indiana Democrats to hold state convention online amid pandemic


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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Democratic Party has called off its in-person state convention that was set for June 13 because of the coronavirus outbreak and will have delegates cast votes by mail for its contested attorney general nomination.

The Democratic decision announced Tuesday comes after state Republican and Democratic party leaders agreed last month with GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb to delay Indiana’s primary election from its scheduled May 5 date until June 2. All voters are also being given the option of submitting mail-in primary ballots with the lifting of all previously required excuses.

State Democratic Chairman John Zody said the party will hold an online convention on June 13. State convention delegates will decide nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general. Party officials are studying online voting options for the selection of national convention delegates.

“With the level of uncertainty around the status of the virus and when Hoosiers can gather again, voting by mail was the obvious choice to ensure an effective and efficient nomination process,” Zody said.

State Sen. Karen Tallian of Ogden Dunes and former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel are seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general. Health care business executive Woody Myers is unopposed in the primary for the party’s gubernatorial nomination and is expected to pick his running mate.

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