Update: Monmouth Democrats announced the cancellation of their convention today. “In an effort to follow best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be changing the in-person convention to an alternative option. While we are saddened we will not be holding our annual convention in-person, we have made the executive decision to protect the health and safety of our Monmouth County residents,” a party statement said.
In response to the coronavirus, Monmouth County Democrats will likely cancel their March 28 convention and move to an online voting system to award their organizational lines, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Party leaders are in the process of determining a plan to hold a virtual meeting and establish a secure system for delegates to cast their ballots via the Internet.
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