Libertarian Party Sets Location and Date of 2020 Presidential Convention

Ballot Access News:

On December 10, the Libertarian Party national committee met in New Orleans and decided that the party’s 2020 presidential convention will be in Austin, Texas, over Memorial Day weekend. As far as is known, no other political party, major or minor, has yet chosen a location for its 2020 presidential convention.

In 2016, the party held its presidential convention in Orlando, Florida, May 26-30. Thanks to Independent Political Report for the news about the 2020 convention.


IPR note: Reference to IPR is to the comments liveblogging the LNC meeting; thanks to Ballot Access News for the standalone write-up.

2 thoughts on “Libertarian Party Sets Location and Date of 2020 Presidential Convention

  1. ATBAFT

    Is anyone looking ahead to the site in 2026, the 250th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence,
    drafted, debated and signed in Philadelphia. (Last hosted an LP convention in 1989).

  2. Andy

    “ATBAFT
    December 18, 2017 at 20:02
    Is anyone looking ahead to the site in 2026, the 250th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence,
    drafted, debated and signed in Philadelphia. (Last hosted an LP convention in 1989).”

    Philadelphia would be a great place for a Libertarian National Convention. I would not recommend having it during the 4th of July weekend, as, in spite of the cool historic significance, is too late for a minor political party to have its national convention. I know that the party had conventions during this time period in the past, but I think that was a bad idea. One reason is because there are some states that require the names of the presidential and vice presidential candidate to be on the ballot access petitions, and some of these states do not allow write in candidates (and for the ones that do allow write in candidates, it is usually preferable to have the names of the actual candidates on the petitions, rather than having write in candidates on there), and it leaves less time to conduct the ballot access drives, which increases the risk of failure, and is likely to increase the cost of conducting the drive. Having the convention that late also gives the presidential ticket less time to campaign as the official LP presidential ticket.

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