Libertarian Party: List of 2016 State Affiliate Conventions


The Libertarian Party website has been updated with a list of the 2016 State Affiliate Conventions, link located here as follows. Please go to original link to find the link to the specific state information if interested.

Saturday, January 16
New Hampshire

Saturday, January 23

Saturday, February 27 – Sunday, February 28

Saturday, March 5

Friday, March 11 – Saturday, March 12

Saturday, March 12
New Jersey

Friday, March 18 – Saturday, March 19

Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 3

Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10

Saturday, April 16
New Mexico

Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, April 17

Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24
North Carolina

Saturday, April 23 – Sunday, April 24

Friday, April 29 – Saturday, May 1

Saturday, April 30
New York
South Dakota (tentative)

Saturday, May 7
West Virginia

Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30
Libertarian National Convention

Saturday, June 18

Massachusetts (2nd or 3rd Saturday – TBD)

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22 thoughts on “Libertarian Party: List of 2016 State Affiliate Conventions

  1. John Fockler

    The Ohio listing is incorrect as it stands. The Ohio convention will most likely be on Saturday, April 23 only.

    –John Fockler, Chair, Central Committee, Libertarian Party of Ohio

  2. Libertarian in Colorado

    Colorado’s is Friday, March 11 (social?) through Sunday, March 13; business session (candidate nominations etc.) is probably Saturday, March 12 (no schedule posted yet) although there might be some business on Sunday (officer elections? going by past schedules).

  3. Caryn Ann Harlos

    From LNC email from Wes Benedict (if you are from one of these states please get this information to National):

    We’ve made 8 updates to the state convention details on the blog since my note 2 days ago. Thanks for your help on that. The following 18 states do not have entries:

    District of Columbia
    North Dakota
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina

  4. Andy Craig

    Arkansas held their 2016 nominating convention in Oct 2015, to comply with the new early-deadline law they’re challenging. Having a second nominating convention is contingent on their success in the courts, and if not then they already have their 2016 candidates.

  5. Chuck Moulton

    Darryl W. Perry wrote:

    I’ve been told the LPPA convention will likely be April 2

    WTF?! That’s ridiculous!! Pennsylvania should have held its convention in early January to maximize petitioning time. That late convention date will make petitioning more expensive.

  6. Stewart Flood

    South Carolina’s convention will be reconvened on May 7th, for the purpose of nominating candidates for office from among those who filed for office during the state mandated period of March 15 to March 30. NOTA is a candidate in all filed races.

  7. Andy

    Chuck, I know that the LP of PA has started petition drives prior to state conventions before. 2008 was one of those times.

    It would be really foolish for the LP of PA to not kick off the petition drive when they can legally start, which is mid February. I hope they do not have a repeat episode of the fiasco that happened in 2012, and that things are done more intelligently this time.

  8. Andy

    PA can use stand in candidates, and they include a committee to fill vacancies, so there is no reason for them to delay the start of the petition drive.

  9. Chuck Moulton

    Andy wrote:

    PA can use stand in candidates, and they include a committee to fill vacancies, so there is no reason for them to delay the start of the petition drive.

    Yes, they absolutely should. The question is: will they?

  10. Michael H. Wilson

    The Washington State convention’s date and location has been determined. I am sure it will be announced soon.

  11. Mark Axinn

    Both Gary Johnson and John McAfee, as well as several other candidates for the LP Presidential nominee have confirmed New York City on April 30 at the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant.

    Be there, or be square.

    Perogis for peace!

    Latkes for liberty!!

  12. Steve Scheetz

    LPPA will be having its convention on March 19, in the Philly Area during which we will be hosting a Presidential Candidates’ Debate ON the 19th at 7PM.

    So far (in no particular order), Darryl Perry, Gary Johnson, Austin Peterson, and Steve Kerbel have expressed intentions on being there Cecil Ince stated that he would not be there due to a prior commitment, and I am still waiting to hear back from John McAffee’s Campaign. I did, recently, send out invitations to some of the other candidates I did not already list, and if anyone has any way of contacting John McAffee’s campaign directly, I would appreciate it if he/she could let me know if they received my invitation.

    We picked the 19th, because our first choice of date was impossible due to notification needing to be sent, and having not heard back from campaigns on their plans to attend or not.

    With regard to ballot access, Chuck, I am running for Congress here in the 8th. I have the endorsement of both Montco and Bucksco, so I will be able to petition in mid February when we are able to start petitioning.


    Steve Scheetz

  13. Derrick Michael Reid


    Michael Kielsky and Emily Goldberg, AZ LP

    Here is a link to the speech at the AZ LP Convention 1/23/2016

    Many in the LP base natural rights on the 9th Amendment. I am preparing a speech, and blog commentary to address it, in the context of the Libertarian view. Clarification is needed.
    Libertarians need to be on all fours, rationally so, in addressing the constitutional extent of the 9th amendment and it limitations, and scope before federal and state governments.

    I have tentatively placed such a speech before the MS/AL state conventions.

    February 27, Biloxi Mississippi, Libertarian MS AL States Conventions (Personal Appearance)
    —- 9th Amendment, Libertarianism, Strained Interpretations, Proposed LP Platform

    By the end of January, this month, I hope to submit to LP National a proposed LP platform that will be appealing to all Americans, yet include core Libertarian values in view of reasonable and proper limitations in the constitutional/republic federalism context. I will likewise post on my blog, the MS/AL speech for all to view then. This goes to the heart of the Libertarian view, and needs articulation.

    As a preview, it seems that the founders would have included a right of privacy, as found the Supreme Court in Grizwald v Connecticut. The question addressed, is what are the “natural rights” that the authors of the bill of rights meant in the 9th amendment. The Right of Privacy would rationally be including, one could well argue. Drilling a hole in a baby’s head, during birth, may not have been, contemplated by 18th century wasps in rebellion against the crown. To attempt to define all “natural” rights, or simply say anything goes, by a political party would be folly, but the practical solution seems clear, by relying on state voter determinations, as the best and only real practical solution and resolution under states right reserved constitutional powers in view of the republic.

    Thanks again so much for allowing me to come visit. I had a great time!

    Very Truly Yours, in Liberty and Freedom,
    Derrick Michael Reid B.S.E.E., J.D.,
    2016 Presidential Candidate, Libertarian Party,
    Engineer, Patent Lawyer, Military Scientist,
    Market Analyst, and Geopolitical Analyst.
    PO Box 1584, Laguna Beach, CA 92652
    Contact Email:
    Skype Account Name: derrickmichaelreid

  14. Chuck Moulton

    Steve Scheetz wrote:

    With regard to ballot access, Chuck, I am running for Congress here in the 8th. I have the endorsement of both Montco and Bucksco, so I will be able to petition in mid February when we are able to start petitioning.

    PA can stack candidate signatures. It would be a huge waste to petition for U.S. Congress without stand-in (or actual) statewide candidates on the petition.

  15. Andy Craig

    We’ll have the formal announcement and ticket sales up soon, but I can confirm that for the LPWI Convention on April 16 we will have David Boaz as our keynote speaker, along with Gavin Seim, and emcee Dominic Salvia, the Libertarian co-host of The Devil’s Advocates on Madison’s progressive talk radio station.

    On presidential candidates, we’ve been told Johnson will probably be there but we’re waiting to confirm. I sent out an invite and notice to the candidates for the nomination whose contact info I could find. Any who plan to attend should RSVP by Feb 1 if they want to be mentioned in the announcement and promotional materials. Whether we go with a forum or debate format will depend on how many candidates we end up getting, that’s still undecided. We will picking our national delegates at the state convention, but none of the delegates will be officially pledged. Wisconsin does accept out-of-state delegates, but they must be approved and credentialed by the state convention and so in practice that’s limited to e.g. our past members who’ve since moved out of state (we do have a few of those in Florida who’ve inquired.)

    The convention is also important timing for us, because ballot access petitions in Wisconsin start Apr 15 and have to be completed by June 1. We will be distributing copies of petitions and instructing people on how to collect signatures on them.

  16. Joe Wendt

    Libertarian Party of Florida package and ticket sales are open until 11:59 on April 3.

    Come and join us in Palm Beach April 8-10!!!

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