Two of the candidates for Libertarian National Committee Chair are running on platforms that include providing campaign site templates for Libertarian candidates. A third Chair candidate uses such a template for his own State Senate candidate site. This article compares the three templates.
John Jay Myers says “I also propose to create easily customizable website templates so that states, counties, and candidates can quickly and inexpensively gain a professional web presence.” He is Vice Chair of the LP Dallas, whose web site lists 19 candidates in the current election cycle in that county. Five of them have custom campaign sites, another five use a common LPDallas.org template, and the remaining nine are not listed as having any web site at all.
The New Path plan of George Phillies says “We should offer a good set of downloadable templates for web pages”, and that “Web Templates, disk, downloadables are high priority”. Phillies points to a template made available by New Path LNC candidate Jake Porter. Phillies is Treasurer, Membership Secretary, and Editor of the LP Massachussetts. The LPMA candidates page lists two candidates. Neither uses the Porter template, and one of the two sites is very simple.
Mark Hinkle does not list web sites for candidates among his goals as Chair. However, his current and previous campaigns for state legislature have used the “campaign-site-in-a-box” template offered under the DefendsLiberty.com domain.
This table compares various features of these templates.
|Domain of expected integrations||LPDallas.org
|Candidate integrations found||5/14 (* * * * *)||0/2||4 (* * * *)|
|3D/rounded visual design||Y||Y||N|
|Free candidate domain||Y||N?||Y|
|Accepts credit cards||N||N||Y|
|Displays libertarian feeds||N||N||Y|
|Slate issue statement||Y||N||Y|
|Email the candidate||Y||Y?||Y|
|Leave a comment||N||N?||Y|
|Links to other LP candidates||N||N||Y|
|Link to an LP platform||N||N||Y|
|LP graphical branding||N||N||Y|
A few problems are noticeable on the five LPDallas.org campaign sites:
- The “Donate” and “Join Us Now” buttons do nothing
- “Stay informed” page is under construction
- 3 inoperative header links (“Life Liberty Property”) at the top of every page
The Porter/New Path template is a Drupal template. Since no live candidate sites appear to be using it (at least in Phillies’ state), it can’t be rated as providing support for most of the features in the table above. However, none of these features are impossible to implement after a candidate adopts the Porter template.