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Libertarian Party National Committee: Executive Committee Meeting on Oklahoma Ballot Access 1/6/16

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The Libertarian Party National Executive Committee met on January 6, 2016 to discuss of the re-authorization of spending on Oklahoma ballot access for the 2016 budget and any potential motions to authorize additional Oklahoma spending.

A Motion was approved to re-authorize the unspent encumbrances left for ballot access at the end of 2015.

Redpath moved that an additional $12,500 be authorized to cover up to 40,000 signatures. Concern was raised about the lack of support from the local Oklahoma Libertarians with the exception of Libertarian Party of Oklahoma Vice-Chair Tina Kelly and that they have not honoured their initial commitment of 500 signatures per Board member for a total of 2,000 signatures. The sentiment was raised that if the LNC were to say they were only funding until 1/31/16 and to leave the rest to the Oklahoma Party that it simply would not get done. The working assumption was a 65% signature validity rate. They are still paying $2.50 per signature.

Discussion was had on why did the previous estimate not pan out. One reason is that the target was ramped up from 35,000 signatures to 38,000-40,000 signatures. Other reasons included the increase for the signature cost, and the fact that Oklahoma has not followed through on their commitment for signatures.

Katz spoke from the gallery stating that it seems like the Party is moving from our Statement of Principles in which we oppose the cult of the omnipotent state only to follow the cult of the omnipotent ballot access and that the Party needs to reconsider its fixation on a goal of 50-state ballot access. Redpath spoke against Katz’ thoughts stating that sacrificing ballot access for county level wins is not in the Party’s best interest and that ballot access gives us entrance to battle the two-party stranglehold at the state level.

Mattson clarified that the motion was to encumber an additional $12,500 for Oklahoma ballot access without mentioning a specific number of signatures. The votes were as follows:

Goldstein-No
Hagan-Yes
Lark-Yes
Redpath-Yes
Mattson-Abstain
Vohra-Yes
Sarwark-Yes

Motion passed.

The discussion then went to discussion of locations for the next LNC meeting over which much digital ink had been spilled on the LNC Votes mailing list. The choices were narrowed down between Oklahoma City and Phoenix.

Mattson moved to have the February LNC meeting in Phoenix which Motion passed.

See here, for more information at the Libertarian Party of Oklahoma site on petitioning. Click here for for a link to donate for the ballot access drive at the National Libertarian Party site.

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Caryn Ann Harlos

Caryn Ann Harlos is a paralegal residing in Castle Rock, Colorado and presently serving as the Region 1 Representative on the Libertarian National Committee and is a candidate for LNC Secretary at the 2018 Libertarian Party Convention. Articles posted should NOT be considered the opinions of the LNC nor always those of Caryn Ann Harlos personally. Caryn Ann's goal is to provide information on items of interest and (sometimes) controversy about the Libertarian Party and minor parties in general not to necessarily endorse the contents.

21 Comments

  1. Caryn Ann Harlos Caryn Ann Harlos Post author | January 6, 2016

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  2. georgephillies georgephillies January 6, 2016

    What was the basis for executive session?

  3. georgephillies georgephillies January 6, 2016

    This does not appear to have been a meeting in executive session.

  4. Sam Goldstein Sam Goldstein January 6, 2016

    Wow, Caryn, that was quick! George – we had to reauthorize a prior encumbrance for OK made during December 2015 since we are in a new budget year.

  5. Sam Goldstein Sam Goldstein January 6, 2016

    No, it was an Executive Committee meeting which was open to the public.

  6. georgephillies georgephillies January 6, 2016

    Sam,

    Reauthorizing makes perfect sense. Was part of the meeting closed, though, that being what ‘executive session is, or was there just a phrasing infelicity above?

    Having said that, happy new year to all of your state libertarians, and congratulations on getting a promising candidate for Governor.

    George

  7. Caryn Ann Harlos Caryn Ann Harlos Post author | January 6, 2016

    Phrasing infelicity, thank you George, will correct.

  8. Caryn Ann Harlos Caryn Ann Harlos Post author | January 6, 2016

    Fixed…

    I am way too tired tonight:) I so appreciate the correction.

  9. Caryn Ann Harlos Caryn Ann Harlos Post author | January 6, 2016

    You are very welcome Chuck, glad to do it.

    Sam, I was typing while in the meeting, and thus the error:) And my phone had some issues towards the end.

  10. Chuck Moulton Chuck Moulton January 6, 2016

    I will admit though… I was looking forward to your predictions of the November 6, 2016 executive committee meeting.

  11. Caryn Ann Harlos Caryn Ann Harlos Post author | January 6, 2016

    Chuck,

    LOL, I am good. But I am not THAT good. Well not until I have drank a decent amount of cognac. Unfortunately due to some heavy antibiotics right now, no cognac in my immediate future.

    I do predict that Oregon will still be an issue however.

  12. georgephillies georgephillies January 6, 2016

    Sam, Nick, thanks for the clarification, which turns out at the bottom to be a minor typing error.

  13. steve m steve m January 7, 2016

    George,

    you are quite right to be sensitive about the concept of executive sessions… better to ask then assume.

  14. georgephillies georgephillies January 7, 2016

    Learn from experience. Next time, budget the needed $100,000+ to begin with.

  15. Richard Winger Richard Winger January 7, 2016

    Next time we may not need to petition again in Oklahoma! The Jan 1 2016 printed Ballot Access News lists 43 instances when a state legislature eased the requirements for a party to remain on the ballot. These instances run from 1969 to 2014. In 2014 alone Oregon and California made it easier for a party to remain on the ballot. In 2013 Ohio did so. In 2012 Nebraska and Utah did so. Most of these instances were caused by Libertarians talking to state legislators.

  16. Andy Andy January 7, 2016

    George Phillies just hit the nail on the head.

    Two more points:

    The petition drive in Oklahoma should have started weeks earlier than it did. The drive did not start until late August. It could have started in June.

    There also should have been a legal strategy in place BEFORE the petition drive started to try to minimize instances of petition circulators being run out of locations by the police (etc…) that carry public foot traffic.

    I suggested all of these things before the drive started, but my suggestions were ignored.

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