The voting for the chair’s election at the Libertarian Party National Convention of 2010 has started.
Each delegate is to write the name of the candidate on the ballot. A group of tellers will circulate around the room observing tabulation of the votes. Tellers are to insure all voters are present, uncoerced, and that they are credentialed. Each delegation will tally votes, each chair is to deliver their tabulated vote sheet to the Secretary. The numbers will be announced by state in alphabetical order. In cases where no candidate recieves a majority, the candidate with the least vote is dropped and another round of voting will be held. None Of The Above (NOTA) is an option in every round.
The first round of voting has been counted and announced, final results are as follows.
A total of 531 delegates voted in Round One.
Hancock: 82 (15.44%)
Hinkle: 113 (21.28%)
Myers: 70 (13.18%)
NOTA: 10 (1.88%)
Phillies: 56 (10.55%)
Root: 200 (37.66%)
A second round of voting will be held. George Phillies is eliminated in the first round and will not be on the second round’s ballots. Roughly 23.73% of delegates’ first choice is out.
John Jay Myers took to the podium and decided to bow out before the first round also. He endorsed Mark Hinkle and urged delegates to do the same. He announced he would run for LNC-at-large later on in the day.
The second round ballots will have Hinkle, Root, Hancock, NOTA, and Myers as choices–because Myers did not officially withdraw before the printing of the second round ballots.
Second round results are in:
Hancock: 87 (16.41%)
Hinkle: 210 (39.62%)
NOTA: 10 (1.89%)
Root: 223 (42.08%)
Ernest Hancock will be eliminated and voting goes on to a third, and probably final, round. Hancock asked to speak to delegates and said he was “so happy” that he was “able to make our point clear, and able to show the love with all”. He endorsed neither candidate. He encouraged more activism from Libertarian Party members.
The third round of votes are in, the totals are:
Hinkle: 281 (54.14%)
Root: 228 (43.93%)
NOTA: 10 (1.93%)
Hinkle won on the third ballot. Root made a concession speech in which he jokingly said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, you can’t get rid of me.” He announced he would run for LNC-at-large.