Citing the ongoing pandemic and social distancing requirements, Texas Democrats are shifting their annual state convention to a virtual one.
“COVID-19 has impacted every facet of our lives. To keep people safe, engage Texans everywhere, and adapt to the challenges we face, the 2020 Texas Democratic Convention will take place online,” Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement. “Our tactics have changed, but our goals for 2020 have not.”
The convention was originally scheduled to take place in San Antonio in early June.
Hinojosa said the convention’s shift to a digital space will come with some wins, like the fact that more Texans will be able to participate in the convention since travel costs or missing work isn’t a concern anymore.
The announcement comes days after the party launched a series of new programs to continue organizing amid the pandemic.
In Texas, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has reached 1,396.
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