There will be an Executive Committee teleconference on Monday, February 1 on the subject of an encumbrance for ballot access in Connecticut.
Date: Monday, February 1, 2016
Time: 9:30 p.m. Eastern / 6:30 p.m. Pacific
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This IPR editor will be attending and will update this article with a summary of the meeting once finished.
SUMMARY OF CALL: 7,500 signature are needed to succeed for ballot access in Connecticut for a Libertarian Presidential candidate and US Senate candidate to be on the ticket. It is estimated that 11,000 gross signatures would be needed in order to have the appropriate cushion. The deadline is August 10, 2016. The Libertarian Party of Connecticut has stated it can obtain 1,000 volunteer signatures and can pay for 1,000 signatures. That would leave 9,000 to be obtained via assistance of the National Party. Mr. Redpath stated that he would like to get this started as soon as possible and moved that $25,000 be encumbered in order to achieve this goal.
Andrew Rule, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Connecticut (LPCT) gave information on petitioning requirements in Connecticut. He stated that signatures can be turned in as they go and that there is no requirement for a single turn-in; however, he has never seen any minor party not do a single turn-in. Connecticut plans to pre-validate signatures prior to turn-in. Each petition sheet has to be handed in to its specific town which can add an additional hurdle. The LPCT has a fund-raising goal for this effort to be completed by the end of February. They do not have the entire figures or plan to discuss yet but rather have broad goals, including plans on getting petitioners, both in-state and out-of-state. Chair Rule would be the petitioning coordinator for this effort. They plan on putting down stand-in candidates so that they can start early (right away) and then have those switched once the actual names were determined.
Questions were raised about what kind of reporting would be required for expenditure of funds. This would need to be worked out between the LPCT and National staff but that careful accounting would be required. The New Jersey Libertarian Party will be sending some volunteers to assist as their ballot access requirements are much lower (800 signatures), and they don’t intend upon starting until after the National Convention as they opt not to use stand-in candidates on their petitions.
The vote was 7 in favour, and 0 were opposed; the motion passed.