The campaign manager for 2020 Libertarian presidential candidate Adam Kokesh, Elijah Jon Gizzarelli, sent out the following statement today, demanding the Libertarian Party hold its National Convention in-person and as soon as possible, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
My fellow members of the Libertarian Party,
The LNC will be holding a meeting on Saturday, May 9th, in order to decide the fate of our National Convention.
I strongly recommend you contact your LNC representatives and tell them you demand an IN-PERSON Convention as soon as humanly possible.
We CAN accommodate social distancing at an IN-PERSON convention. We can provide hand sanitizer, masks and even have a designated area for people who want to minimize physical interactions.
I wouldn’t say that the internet counts as a place as per our by-laws, but that’s not the problem. The problem is that we cannot have faith that our votes will be secure, private and accurate in the event of online voting.
Maybe if they ran tests months ago, but from a party that often calls for paper ballots nationally, it’s a little silly to not be assured of a secure voting system in our own process.
Has anybody ever heard of something called a “hacker”? You should google that word; might be relevant.
I haven’t always been sure an in-person convention was the right solution because I was worried about the possibility of disenfranchising sick or elderly members, but at some point somebody will be disenfranchised no matter what we do.
I haven’t seen the povertarian memorial plaque at the National Headquarters commemorating all the hard-working activists who have been unable to take time off of work and travel across the country for a 4 day convention at a fancy hotel.
An online convention disenfranchises others. People with poor internet connections might not even be able to follow along with the business in any credible manner.
“Worried about disenfranchising older delegates? An online convention will fix that!”
If my grandfather were a delegate for an online convention for an organization I wasn’t even a member of, I would be voting for him, I assure you.
Our convention must be IN-PERSON and it must happen ASAP!
The Democrats know they are going with Biden and have known for 2 months. The Republicans know they are going with Trump and have known for 4 years. We are already behind. If you knew you had to run a race with an unbelievable handicap (fundraising), you would think you would want to start it as early as possible, no?… If we nominate NOW, we will have 5 months to campaign… roughly 2 less than somebody who will raise a billion dollars more than us (give or take $100 million).
If we wait for July, we lose 40% of the campaign time. We must act now and we must act in good faith.
When our delegates were selected at the state conventions, they agreed to go to an IN-PERSON convention. ALL possible, personal risks were included in that agreement.
Sure, we didn’t know COVID-19 was coming… I remind you that delegates of the past were unable to see into the future as well… That’s why we have alternates and other ways to fill delegate spots at the National Convention.
I make this argument in good faith. Please urge your Representatives at the LNC to make it an IN-PERSON convention at the earliest possible date. No votes for anything before that convention.
Elijah Jon Gizzarelli