By Alicia Mattson, LNC Secretary
For those of you who will be first-time delegates to our national convention, we use a “token” procedure that is likely different from what you’ve encountered at a state convention. As you’ll read below, these tokens play very important roles.
When you arrive, check in first at the registration desk and then at the credentials desk, to get your badge and delegate materials. One of the items you will receive at the credentials desk is a packet with seven tokens in it. Treat your tokens like cash. They are valuable and cannot be replaced if lost.
According to LP bylaws, to be nominated for president or vice president, a candidate must have collected the signatures of at least 30 registered delegates. You will receive one token for the presidential nomination and one for the vice-presidential nomination. To help nominate your favorite candidate, fill in all the blanks on your token, including the candidate’s name, your printed name, and your signature, and place it in a designated ballot box. Very important: To protect your intentions, do not hand your signed token to someone else with the candidate’s name left blank — not even to the candidate or the candidate’s volunteer.
The very same presidential signature tokens are used to determine the participants in the presidential candidates debate. To be included in the debate, a candidate must receive tokens equal to at least 10 percent of the number of registered delegates.
Your other five tokens are used for platform plank retention. Essentially, you can use each token to express a desire to delete a particular platform plank. You may cast all five tokens against the same plank, if you wish. On each token, clearly mark one — and only one — plank that you wish to delete, sign the token, and place the tokens in the designated ballot box. For any plank receiving more tokens than 20 percent of the registered delegates, the convention will have a yes–no vote on whether to delete that plank. In theory, as few as 4 percent of delegates could bring a plank to a deletion vote by casting all five of their tokens against that one plank.