After talking about them for what seems like forever, the long-awaited United States Political Conventions are finally here! This week the Republican National Convention began on July 18. Next week the Democrats will follow suit with their convention. All you have to do is turn on your television or check out your Twitter feed, and you will easily be able to tune into all the convention hoopla that certainly will ensue. Without a doubt, this year above all others has created a lot of attention around politics. Perhaps you are interested in watching the conventions for the first time--or maybe you just want to know what all the political fuss is about. Today we are going to lay out the basics about the upcoming conventions and tell you what you need to know!
Who, What, Where & When: The United States Political Conventions are held primarily to act as the formal nominating event that chooses each party's Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates. During the conventions for each of the major parties, separate governing rules for the convention are established, and these rules will determine how the nominating process will occur. Every US State and territory has a specific number of apportioned voting representatives for their individual state. These representatives are known as delegates.
Another important function of both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions is to spell out the official platforms of each party. A platform specifies the party's basic principles, priorities, and goals along with their general plan of action for the immediate future.
At each of the conventions, you will obviously see many delegates. The Republicans have 2472 voting delegates, while the Democrats have 4765 delegates. Generally speaking, following the primary election process, a frontrunner candidate has come into the convention as the presumptive nominee. Usually, the official nomination that occurs at the convention is just a formality that officially confirms the presumptive nominee as the then official nominee. The Vice Presidential candidate of each party will also be officially nominated.
Over 15,000 representatives from the media will also be present at each of the conventions, their purpose being to report on and cover all the events that happen during the event. Party officials, invited guests, staffers, volunteers, as well as local businesspeople, will also be present to watch each of the conventions.
Each of the respected conventions will have many exciting events. In addition to the open voting that occurs during the convention, you can expect to see keynote speakers, rallies and perhaps even a few political protests.
No matter what your political views may be, the Republican and Democratic conventions are an excellent way to learn about each of the nominated Presidential candidates and their respected platforms. You won't want to miss these unique events as these political conventions only happen once every four years. Significant and vital history is sure to be made!
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