From the Chair: Schrödinger’s Vote & Electing Libertarians
From LP News | Vol. 50, Issue 3 | Quarter 3, 2020
I spent Election Day 2020 on Wyoming sidewalks in 30-degree weather, helping rally voters for Libertarian candidates. After a night fretting about election results, I spent the next day with State Rep.-elect Marshall Burt (L-WY) — I love writing that! — talking plans for the legislative session and how we can duplicate his success and get him reinforcements. I’ve been on the phone with our local officials in 36 states talking the same.
The national chair facilitates decisions, removes obstacles, and connects our candidates, activists, donors, and state and local party leaders with each other. I find there’s no substitute to seeing first-hand what things are like on the ground, which is why I was in Wyoming for the final push. It’s why I helped gather ballot access signatures in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, was at Jo and Spike events in Texas and Ohio and Georgia and Virginia, joined the entire LNC in knocking doors in Minnesota, showed up for debate night in Indiana, and spent an evening with our text banking team reaching undecided voters.
It allows me to tell you without hesitation that if all it took to win elections were the right ideas and enthusiastic volunteers, we would win every election. Of course it takes more than that: fundraising, messaging and media training, door knocking, phone banking, and effective national and state party infrastructure to keep it all going.
The Libertarian Frontier Project, as described in more detail in the front page story, is essentially us building and deploying all that to elect Libertarians t
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