First, thank you for serving as Chair of your state’s delegation. I know that some of you may be serving in this role for the first time or may not have read the national party bylaws lately, so I wanted to explain about the unit rule.
Our bylaws state in Article 11, Section 7(a), “Use of the unit rule or unit voting is prohibited at national conventions.” http://www.lp.org/files/2014_LP_Bylaws_and_Convention_Rules_w_2014_JC_Rules.pdf
The unit rule is where an entire delegation is required according to the will of the majority. An example of voting under the unit rule is where in an R or D convention, the delegates for a state are all
required to vote on the first ballot for the candidate who won the primary or caucus in that state. The unit rule is enforced at those parties convention by not counting votes that a delegate cast for say, Ron Paul, if the delegate’s state’s primary selected Mitt Romney.
By prohibiting the unit rule, the Libertarian Party prohibits binding a state’s delegates to vote for a particular candidate. Delegates are free to promise their vote to a particular candidate (and often do), but no delegation Chair can require a delegate to vote in any particular way. If a particular state is requiring their delegates to all vote in a particular way, that state must release those delegates from that requirement. If a state delegation is found to be binding their delegates in violation of the prohibition on the unit rule, that state’s votes would not be counted.
I hope that clears up any confusion anyone may have had and look forward to seeing you all in Orlando next weekend.
Yours in liberty,
Chair, Libertarian National Committee
cc: Emily Salvette, Chair, Credentials Committee;
Alicia Mattson, Secretary, Libertarian National Committee