Ballot Access News: California Libertarian Phone Bank Has Already Telephoned 2,000 Voters on Proposition 14

Ballot Access News:

California Libertarians have set up a phone bank to ask voters to vote “No” on Proposition 14, the top-two ballot measure that is on the June 8 ballot. The volunteers have already made 2,000 phone calls, according to Libertarian office manager Beau Cain. It is not clear if that means 2,000 numbers were dialed, or whether it means 2,000 conversations have actually taken place.

Trent Hill in comments:

2000 calls have been made, I’m hearing, with roughly half of those being live conversations and half of those being messages left on machines.

As mentioned in a previous post,

You can help by contacting Beau Cain at . This is a very organized effort. We have a call center and professional scripts. We have to call 60,000 voters by June 8th so every phone call helps!

You don’t have to live in California to make calls.

The following was sent out by the Libertarian Party of California about Prop 14:

Why Defeat Proposition 14?

Proposition 14 would change California’s voting system in the following ways:

1. Parties will no longer be able to hold closed Primary Elections, and thus will not be able to protect themselves from ill-intended outside interference from the two major Parties.

2. Only the two candidates who get the most votes in the Primary Elections would be put on the ballot for the General Election in November, regardless of their Party affiliations. Thus, a race on the November ballot will have only two candidates, and it would almost certainly be a Democrat and a Republican, or two Democrats, or two Republicans. Voters will lose choices in the elections that count!

3. It would also eliminate write-in votes in the General Election, further guaranteeing that only Democratic and Republican Party candidates will ever be put on a California General Election ballot.

4. With NO Libertarians candidates on the General Election ballot, our Party will likely lose ballot access, forcing us to spend enormous amounts of money and volunteer hours to regain it every year.

Since there are still a majority of Democrats and Republicans in California, it’s unlikely that any other Party’s candidates would ever make it to the General Elections ballot, where all voters can vote for whichever candidates they wish.

It practically guarantees that Democrats or Republicans will be on California’s General Election ballot in every race, but other parties’ candidates never will be on California’s General Elections ballot.

The only way this pernicious proposal could get on this June’s ballot was by Republican Abel Maldonado cutting a back-room deal to approve Governor Schwarzenegger’s unpopular budget. It needed only one vote to pass, and Maldonado sold his vote to the Governator. In return, our Governor supported this protectionist proposition by hosting a very expensive fund raiser in Los Angeles just last night.

Proposition 14 is a worthless proposal, except that it will protect Democratic and Republican Party candidates from the increasing competition of other Parties’ candidates.

Help us stop Proposition 14!

7 thoughts on “Ballot Access News: California Libertarian Phone Bank Has Already Telephoned 2,000 Voters on Proposition 14

  1. Rich Vanier

    The is the easiest phone call campaign ever. Contact Beau at the state party hq or send a email for online training. I missed a training section and just started to make calls. For those not going to the convention next week, please help.

    If Prop 14 passes in California, they will try to pass this in your state.

    Do not let Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abel Maldonado bring corrupt Louisiana style politics to California.

    It is time to stop talking and start calling.

    Rich Vanier
    California Executive Committee-Alternate
    Vice Chair-Contra Costa County Libertarian Party

  2. Prop 14 Supporter

    The Committee of United Peoples for Prop 14 will make 1 million phone calls in the next week, and is about to purchase several innovative and influential TV and radio ads.
    The dream is still alive. Support Prop 14, the vision of the 2012 Republican presidential candidate Abel Maldenado and many other pro-democracy activists, as well as at least 2 third parties, including the Catholic Trotskyist Party.

  3. Officer Chrome Dome

    I find it ironic that the backers of prop. 14 claim that it is for democracy. In fact parties are the only vehicle the masses have for influencing elections. It is how people team up.

    By destroying party identity the bill would make it so that elections would be won only by those with the most money for advertising. Who wins? Corporations with political agendas. They will be able to promote candidates without the burden of them needing to fulfill peoples expectations expressed through partisan vetting.

    Defense contractors could back candidates in any party, and not have to worry about any anti-war platform statements.

    NGOs could back grant friendly candidates in any party and not have to concern themselves with those who want fiscal responsibility.

    Prop 14 promises nothing to the people except that their connection to the political process becomes more distant and tenuous and government becomes more closely tied to those corrupt corporate entities that subsist on our taxes.

  4. paulie Post author

    @ BAN

    # Stewart Flood Says:
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:45 am

    We passed 2000 numbers dialed yesterday afternoon. Normally you would expect to “reach” (live or voice mail) about 25-30% of the calls placed. We’re reaching slightly more than 54%. More than a third of those reached are actual conversations with slightly less than two thirds being messages on voice mail or answering machines.

    The calls are being placed to registered libertarians in California, to make sure that they are aware of the importance of voting against prop 14 and encouraging their friends to vote against it as well. Most of these are not active party members, but are voters who registered themselves as libertarian.

    The “offensive team” in any campaign is the public message, including radio/tv ads and any media coverage you can get. The “defense” is phone banking and other gotv efforts. Neither rarely wins by itself, so it is very encouraging to see that there are now active media campaigns sending out the message of just how bad prop 14 is.


  5. Ross Levin

    Unrelated, but is anyone else getting a big viagra ad instead of Ballot Access News when you go to the website?

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