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Libertarian Party: Messages from Chair, Credentials and Convention Committees

Summary by Joe Bishop-Henchman

Yesterday there were three updates, one each from the Credentials Committee, the Convention Committee, and the Chair. I’ll post each of these updates in full [..], but here is a summary of the information provided:

Make sure the Credentials Committee (via your delegation chair) has your current email address and other contact information. Submit changes by Saturday, May 16.

Presidential and VP debates will be Thursday, May 21 at 8:30 PM ET. The top five candidates in each race who receive tokens from 10% of delegates will be able to participate. Tokens will be distributed virtually by email to delegates on Tuesday, May 19, with a due date of Thursday, May 21 at 5pm ET. Participants will be announced that evening.

The online sitting of the convention will gavel in at 5:00 PM CT on Friday, May 22, to adopt the credentials report and the agenda. It will then resume Saturday, May 23 at 10:00 AM CT for the presidential and VP nominations and elections.

The in-person sitting of the convention will be Orlando, Florida on July 8-12, 2020 to conduct remaining business.

Test Zoom meetings will be held Wednesday 5/13 at 8pm ET, Friday 5/15 at 8pm ET, and Sunday 5/17 at 8pm ET. You must register for these through the link emailed to you, and information about joining will be sent to you by 6:30pm ET.

Convention packages are being refunded upon request:

From Nick Sarwark, LNC Chair:

We are not going to be able to meet together in Austin on Memorial Day weekend at the 2020 Libertarian National Convention. Events outside our control have made that not possible, but we are still going to meet on Memorial Day weekend.

After a long Libertarian National Committee meeting on Saturday, the Libertarian National Committee has set the convention to open on May 22, 2020 with a proposed agenda of selecting our nominees for President and Vice President. This will allow all the delegates to have a voice in the nomination process and meet crucial ballot access goals and give our Presidential ticket the opportunity to get on the campaign trail bringing the message to the American people.

The current plan is to hold a second sitting of the convention to handle the other business of the national convention at an in-person event in Orlando, Florida on July 8-12, 2020.

The current plan is to gavel in the convention at 5:00 pm Austin time on May 22, with a goal of getting through the initial credentials report and adoption of the agenda, then resuming at 10:00 am Austin time on May 23 to hold the nominations and elections.

We will be using Zoom as a tool to facilitate the largest and most successful Presidential nominating convention to be held online in American history. We will show the country that the Libertarian Party can hold our convention on time and under budget, even in an infectious pandemic. We will succeed.

Success requires preparation. Not everything will be perfect, but practice will make it more perfect. To that end, there will be delegate sessions to practice debate and voting this week for any delegates and alternates that are able to attend. These sessions will be held on:

Wednesday, May 13 at 8:00 pm Eastern

Friday, May 15 at 8:00 pm Eastern

Sunday, May 17 at 8:00 pm Eastern

You are invited to the practice tomorrow because your state chair has you entered as a delegate or alternate and included your email address.

You MUST Register in advance for this meeting:[this link is now expired -p]

Registration closes at 6pm Eastern on Wednesday, May 13th

People who have registered will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting by 6:30pm Eastern. Make sure you register with the email address we have on record for you. We will NOT be admitting people with different email addresses than then one we have on record. If this isn’t the email address you want, please contact yout state/delegation chair and have them enter teh correct email address for you.

We will be using the parliamentary procedure of Robert’s Rules to debate important questions, such as “Is a hot dog a sandwich,” and vote by state delegation on pressing issues of the day, such as “Which fast food chain has the best french fries.” All of these events will be streamed as well, so if people are unable to participate, they can at least see what it looks like.

If you purchased a convention package and you need to request a refund, please don’t hesitate. We don’t want any member of the Libertarian Party to put themselves into a tough financial situation during this crisis. If you are in a position where you are able to redirect that package as a donation to the Libertarian Party, we will use it to support having our Presidential candidate on every American’s ballot and in getting the Libertarian message to the American people.

As I told our staff at this morning’s meeting, we will succeed in this convention, working together with each other to do the crucial work of our party.

Yours in liberty,
Nicholas Sarwark

Chair, Libertarian National Committee

From Susan Hogarth, Credential Committee Interim Chair:

As the Libertarian Party national convention will begin as an online meeting on May 22, the credentials committee would like to make sure we have the most accurate information for all our delegates and alternates. Please take a moment to review your contact information and make any necessary additions/changes. It’s especially important that we have a good email address for you. Please submit any changes by Saturday, May 16.

Thank you for your help,

Susan Hogarth, Interim Chair
2020 LP Credentials Committee

From Sam Goldstein, Convention Oversight Committee:

The COC announces that the official 2020 Libertarian Party Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates are scheduled for Thursday, May 21st beginning at 8:30 PM Eastern Time.

The debates will occur online in a Zoom meeting and will include the top five Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates who get at least 10% of submitted delegate tokens.

Former LNC Chair and current FL office holder Jim Turney has agreed to be the debate moderator and will ask questions submitted by delegates to the COC by email prior to the debate. Each debate will last one hour.

Debate tokens will be emailed to credentialed delegates on Tuesday, May 19th with a response deadline of Thursday, May 21st at 5:00 Eastern Time. The COC will announce the vote totals and the names of the candidates that qualify for participation no later than 6:00 PM ET.,

Credentialed delegates: Please make sure your delegation chair has an accurate email address for you. If for some reason you cannot access email then let them know to communicate that to the Credentials Committee.

Live Free,
Sam Goldstein
Convention Oversight Committee

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  1. Jose c Jose c May 13, 2020

    This looks very wrong and disorganized. We have to do better than this as the process we use to select our presidential and vice-presidential candidates. The process we use to select our candidates has to be done in such a way that the candidates that do not get the nomination and their supporters feel the process was fair, open, transparent, and that all the candidates received a fair hearing.

    If the process to select our candidates is disorganized, messy, and filled with conflict and disruption the 2020 presidential campaign will start poorly and the campaign will be lost before it ever begins. Under this scenario the loosing candidates and their supporters will not support the presidential campaign. The presidential campaign will be unable to fund-raise, establish excitement among the members, or inspire members to assist the campaign. The membership will sit this one out.

    Los Angeles County Chair Angela told me the practice “virtual convention” held two weeks ago was a mess, disorganized, and had people who purposefully disrupted the “convention”. Some of us in California received notice of the “practice convention” just before it was about to occur. In other words late! State Party Chair Mimi in an E-mail message apologized for the late notice saying she had just found out about the “practice convention”.

    I and other delegates and alternates did not receive notice about this practice nominating process occurring within the next few days in time to register. In other words Late! Others did not receive notice at all.

    In some of the letters this is being called a convention. This is wrong. I do not believe the LP Bylaws allow us to have a virtual convention. I am not playing semantic word games. I support what the Party has done in separating the convention and the presidential selection process because of the lock downs relating to the Corona Virus pandemic. But this presidential selection process is not a convention. In this process we should do one thing and one thing only which is select our presidential and vice-presidential candidates. We should do nothing else. It seems from what I read the LP Chair is attempting to conduct other business. This is a mistake and by doing so we are asking for trouble.

    I have been a Party member since 1982 and have voted Libertarian since 1980. I have been a candidate for public office, a member of the California and Los Angeles County Executive Committees, joined a protest against the first Gulf War, protested two weeks ago the California shut down, and I have participated in many other activities in support of the Libertarian Party and freedom. We have to get this nominating process right. I am unwilling to give up on the 2020 presidential campaign because of what is going on around the world, our country, and our states and cities because of the Corona Virus and the various lock downs and Marshal Law declarations. It seems some are giving up on the 2020 presidential campaign because of the troubled times we live in. We must stay focused and have the best presidential campaign ever. We must get this process right.

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