Democrats nationwide will have four extra chances to have their voices heard in establishing platform priorities for the 2016 Presidential Campaign,according to the Democratic National Committee.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Platform Drafting Committee Chair Elijah Cummings announced on May 27 a series of Democratic Platform hearings countrywide that will solicit input from policy experts as well as Democrats from all walks of life.
Democrats will be able to go online at www.demconvention.com/platform to either submit written or video testimony or request to testify in person. In addition, there will be four regional events that will be open to the public. They will be held in the following locations:
- Mid-Atlantic – Washington DC on June 8-9 (forum with testimony)
- Southwest – Phoenix, Ariz. on June 17-18 (forum with testimony)
- Midwest – St. Louis, Miss. on June 24-25 (drafting committee meeting)
- Southeast – Orlando, Fla. on July 8-9 (platform committee meeting)
“I want all Democrats to have their voices heard in this process,” said Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “We are the Party of substance, ideas and diversity. We expanded the platform process to provide greater opportunity for Democrats to express their views and we look forward to hearing different perspectives from across the nation.”
Rep. Cummings (D-MD) added:
“We are broadening the process to welcome and include input from across the nation,” said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD). “I want to ensure we take up the issues at the center of people’s lives, so I hope Democrats will make time to share their perspectives.”
This year, in an effort to welcome every voice, the DNC Chair elected to allocate 75 percent of the committee’s seats to the presidential campaigns, appointing the slots proportionally according to the current vote tally.
The 2016 Democratic Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25-28, 2016. Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking Convention in history. The 2016 Democratic National Convention will leverage technology to take the Convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event. With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the 2016 convention in Philadelphia will highlight our shared Democratic values and help put the Democratic nominee on a path to victory.
The Democratic Convention is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President. At the Convention, the Democratic Party also adopts the official Democratic Party platform as well as the rules and procedures governing party activities including the nomination process for presidential candidates in the next election cycle.
The CEO for the 2016 Democratic National Convention is Reverend Leah D. Daughtry. The official website of the 2016 Democratic National Convention is www.demconvention.com.