Elmer Whittaker: The Election That Never Was

Elmer Whittaker is an activist in the Libertarian Party of Nevada (LPN). The following was published on his blog, Liberty and Bliss, on May 12th

On April 22nd, five days before the scheduled elections for the state leadership of the Libertarian Party of Nevada (LPN) on April 27, 2013 the party’s current Executive Committee under chairman Joe Silvestri, canceled the state elections much to the dismay and outrage of the LPN’s membership, when it became clear to the reigning Executive Committee that they would not have enough support and votes to be re-elected.

The pretense given as reason for the cancelation of the election by the Executive Committee was alleged “unethical behavior “ by Brett H. Pojunis, one of the challenging candidates, who rightfully and justifiably utilized his elected position as Libertarian Regional Representative to email the LPN membership simply informing them of the date for the scheduled party elections while encouraging and instructing participation:

2013 Libertarian Party of Nevada State Convention –Become a Delegate & Voting Member!

Until this point the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Nevada almost completely failed to notify its membership of the scheduled elections with the exception of an announcement on the party’s website. No postal or email notifications were sent to the membership, no phone calls were made, no announcements were posted on the LPN’s social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Meet-Up group.

As further deterrent to discourage membership attendance and voter turnout at the scheduled 2013 Libertarian Party of Nevada State Convention an unprecedented voting and convention fee of $65-$125 had been charged for any members and delegates to attend the convention in order to vote in the elections. The prepaid voting and convention fees have been refunded to the membership after the cancellation.

While the LPN’s Executive Committee almost utterly failed to notify their membership of the scheduled elections, they did a much better job cancelling the elections by notifying the membership by US mail, email, personal phone calls and a multitude of cancellation notices on their social media outlets:

Convention Cancellation Notice

A petition of an outraged LPN membership for fair and speedy LPN elections at the upcoming Libertarian National Committee (LNC) meeting in Las Vegas under the supervision of neutral LNC observers to the Libertarian National Committee and the Libertarian Party of Nevada Executive Committee fell upon deaf ears:

LPNevada & LNC Petition – Please give us a fair Convention in Nevada!

With the cancellation of the free and fair election for party leadership of the Libertarian Party of Nevada the reigning Executive Committee of the LPN consisting of Chairman Joseph P. Silvestri, Vice Chair Chris Roberts, Secretary Jared Thomas Lord, Treasurer Kurt Brackob and At Large Representative Irvin Hopkins the possibly first and only full dictatorship within the officially recognized political parties of this nation has been established, unbeknownst to most of the political establishment and the main stream or local media as well as the various political organizations and activists in this country.

As of this writing, no remedy or plans to re-establish democracy and free elections within the Libertarian Party are in sight.

10 thoughts on “Elmer Whittaker: The Election That Never Was

  1. Stewart Flood

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. The fact that the state executive committee grossly abused their power does not excuse Mr Pojinis from abusing his.

    Stating that he was within his authority is simply inaccurate. He use the national party’s resources to campaign for chair of his state party.

  2. David Colborne

    Sending a single email with Brett’s contact info at the bottom and no mention of who’s running for what is a pretty weak form of “using the national party’s resources”. Besides, if Silvestri asked Geoff to send that exact same email with his contact information instead, would it have been “using national resources to campaign for Chair”?

    No – it would be using national resources to advertise a convention – something which any member of the LPNV, especially our Regional Rep, should feel empowered to ask National to do.

  3. Daddyfatsax

    Saying Brett did anything wrong by being the only one to bring the convention info to the whole LP Nevada is completely foolish. IF Brett had used this as an opportunity to publicize his running for chair…he did a pisspoor job of it. Stewart, saying there are “Two wrongs” here is just off the mark. The “wrong” is the excom not wanting the highest possible turnout for the convention. Joe and his little round table of sycophants have done enough damage to this state’s party and we have had enough…and if using Brett’s connections to get email addresses and other info to PUBLICIZE the secret convention is an equal “wrong” in your eyes…then I have to question your motives and objectivity Stewart. Brett has about 40 people up and registered…vs how many Joe has…9? Last years convention had 30…if we left Joe to his devices…the party would have 9 people in it. Is that what the LP has been reduced to? This party has a problem…and it is embodied in the excom of the party that hijacked the party, and is holding it hostage until it feels it has the votes to win (good luck, I welcome that fight), or runs out of time. Either way, to put Brett in the same boat as these slimey disingenuous hiding bastards is wrong and I vociferously object to the comparison. The current excom is not responding to the party’s members, and is actively trying to shut them up, or lie about the transgressions they have and are continuing to commit. This house needs cleaning…Brett has a broom…of course the dirt is upset…it’s about to get swept away.

  4. paulie

    Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    The state exec comm grossly overreacted to a questionable email which Geoff actually apologized for, although the email never actually endorsed Brett or even said he was running for anything.

  5. Elmer Whittaker

    What surprises me most about the historically unprecedented first installation of an officially totalitarian and tyrannical leadership in an officially recognized political party in the United States of America is the lack of outrage, publication and protests within the political community but in particular the Libertarian Party and its members themselves.

    Thus far such practices have been known only in third world countries and some of the most reprehensibly dictatorships of modern history.

    It makes me kind of doubt the sincerity and commitment of the entire Libertarian Party, along with its leader and member ship, to the principles of liberty itself making the party yet another farce.

  6. Stewart Flood

    This isn’t the first one: look at Oregon. They wiped out their bylaws by an act of the executive committee, claimed it was according to state law, then anointed themselves as dictators for [probably] life.

    Where do you think Nevada got the idea from?

  7. T. Lee Ryde

    I think you may be jumping to conclusions. Nevada convention will most likely take place some time in the fall. As for Oregon they just had board elections and will have them again.

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