SALT LAKE CITY — The sprint to the November 2020 presidential election kicks into high gear next week when Democrats host their national convention and nominate former Vice President Joe Biden to lead the party’s ticket against President Donald Trump.

But the formal nomination to take place at the end of the four-day Democratic National Convention, which begins Monday, is the only thing that’s been expected as the pandemic has made this election year unlike any other.

The classic pomp and circumstance of a traditional convention — originally scheduled for mid-July in Milwaukee — will be replaced by live webcams and prerecorded videos, in line with the scaled-down and digital campaigns both parties have been running.

Parties hold conventions to negotiate and agree on a party platform and to formally nominate a presidential candidate to carry the ticket in the November election.

This week, presumptive nominee Biden announced his running mate would be Sen. Kamala Harris. Born to immigrant parents, the California Democrat and former state attorney general would be the first Black and Indian woman named to a major party ticket.

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How to watch

A full schedule of events is calendared for each day, but convention prime-time speakers and events will be from 7-9 p.m. MDT.

Caucus and policy meetings are held during the day.

The convention will be streamed through outlets like Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Roku, YouTube, social media websites and at the party’s convention website.

Major television and cable networks — like CNN, Fox, NBC and CBS — have plans to air the convention in the evening during the speeches of popular politicians and during the formal announcement of the party’s presidential ticket.

The full schedule can be found here: Democratic National Convention Schedule.

Prime time events

Monday Aug. 17:

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., a former 2020 Democratic primary contender

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., another former 2020 Democratic primary contender

Former first lady Michelle Obama

Tuesday, Aug. 18

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., popular progressive House member

Former President Bill Clinton

Jill Biden, wife of Joe Biden

Wednesday, Aug. 19

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a former 2020 Democratic primary contender

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., presumptive 2020 vice presidential candidate

Former President Barack Obama

Thursday, Aug. 20

Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and 2020 Democratic primary contender

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., former Army officer and potential vice president nominee

Andrew Yang, entrepreneur and 2020 Democratic primary contender

Joe Biden, presumptive nominee and former vice president

And from the right ...

Former Republican governor of Ohio John Kasich is also scheduled to speak at the convention. He is scheduled to speak on Monday, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

“The division and anger in this country must stop. It’s time for a chance and while there will certainly be times when we disagree on issues, I believe that Joe Biden will be a unifier,” Kasich said on Twitter of his decision to support the Democratic candidate in this year’s presidential election.

Rocking the convention

Musical artists Common, Billie Eilish, John Legend, Maggie Rogers and other headliners are schedule to perform — remotely — during the convention.

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