In light of recent events and the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Kentucky Democratic Party is taking several steps to ensure our county and local parties are utilizing best practices and staying safe.
In conversations with the Governor’s office and our State Central Bylaws Committee, along with several county party chairs, we are encouraging our local Democratic Parties to minimize gatherings in our communities with the coronavirus spreading. We are officially postponing the Precinct Conventions (previously scheduled for March 21) and the County/LD Conventions (previously scheduled for April 18) statewide. We will continue to monitor the situation and stay in communication when updated timing is determined – we cannot make a guess when that will be at this time.
Is KDP staff available to answer questions regarding changes to the process?
Yes. Although KDP staff have transitioned to a remote working environment, feel free to reach out via phone or email if you have questions. The KDP main phone line will remain open: (502) 695-4828.
Should local or county parties cancel meetings?
The KDP encourages our local and county parties to follow CDC and state and federal recommendations regarding gatherings and social distancing. Currently, the guidance is to not congregate in groups of 10 or more. We encourage the use of remote meetings via telephone and/or web conferencing where possible.
Can local or county parties hold meetings via teleconference?
Yes, you can hold your meetings via teleconference or webinar. The requirements of the meeting are the same as in-person meetings. These include posting public notice (including information for joining the teleconference), making the meeting accessible to anyone interested, and minutes of the meeting should be made available to Democrats who request them. If you need assistance in setting up a teleconference, please contact us at email@example.com. During the first in-person meeting of the Committee after teleconference meeting(s), the first vote that should be taken is a ratification of all decisions made in the remote meeting(s).
What does this mean for the state and national conventions?
The KDP is evaluating options for ensuring the business of the convention gets done, while prioritizing the safety of the participants. We are in communication with the DNC as they do the same.
When can we expect to hear about the reschedule date of my precinct or county convention?
You can find the guidance that we provide local convention chairs and local party leaders here. We understand the situation is developing and will provide more information and updates.
Aside from precinct and county conventions, do I need to consider postponing other political events?
We encourage everybody to keep themselves, their families, and their community safe. At the time of this writing, the guidance is that no one congregates in groups larger than 10 people. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any assistance in setting up alternative ways for participants to participate in an event online or via teleconference.
Where can I find more information about Kentucky’s response to the COVID-19 situation?
Governor Beshear continues to provide regular updates to the public about the COVID-19 situation as they develop. You can go to kycovid19.ky.gov to find additional information and updates.