It’s Time to Vote Libertarian!

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ATTENTION: EARLY VOTING IS OPEN IN MARYLAND. Now is the time to get out and vote for our great Libertarian candidates. Voter turnout is (and will remain) very high, so plan when and where you’ll cast your important vote. Governor Gary Johnson is our Presidential candidate. To learn about our congressional and local candidates, you can go to lpmaryland.org/vote/meet-our-candidates. Your vote is important! We appreciate your support!

Here is a list of early voting centers in Maryland where you can find where to vote in your county. The early polling centers are open today through Thursday, November 3rd, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The final election day is November 8th, but why wait until then?

Volunteers and supporters: Libertarians need to work on voter turnout just hard, if not harder, as the old party campaigns. What you can do:

  1. Obviously, vote yourself. If you are on social media, you can reinforce positive attitudes towards voting by announcing that you’ve voted for our Libertarian candidates.
  2. If you’ve had positive interactions with family, friends or co-workers about libertarians during his campaign, reinforce that with them by making the ask: please consider voting libertarian this election (or particular candidates if that’s been your prior discussion). The point is: reinforce with return messaging and then mention that early voting is open. They CAN vote for a libertarian NOW. It is no longer an abstract discussion of choice, but an act they can take now.
  3. Ask people to identify when and where they will vote. People who identify for themselves when and where they will vote are much more likely to actually vote, and this works best for young voters. Have the list of early voting centers handy so that if the person says they don’t know where they have to vote, you can give them their county locations.
  4. If you know of any libertarian supporters who may have problems getting to the polls, offer to help take them to an early voting center. Those who may have difficulty waiting in lines due to medical conditions can jump the line.
  5. Sign waving at poll location entrances can reinforce people driving into the polling center and traffic passing by.
  6. Working the polls: Asking members to support a third choice, or particular libertarian candidates (depending on the poll location-though obviously Gary Johnson applies to all), is proven to be effective at increasing the libertarian vote count at those polling center. Be positive, nice, and respectful! Some will want to debate you (rare, but happens) but are generally a waste of your time. They aren’t there to be convinced but to validate their own opinions. Be respectful, offer a counter-argument, but then let it go and return to positive messaging to other voters.
  7. Some will use the lesser-of-two-evils, “we can’t let candidate____ win”, type arguments with you. In Maryland, that is particularly silly at the presidential level. There is almost no chance that Hillary won’t easily win in Maryland. That fact free’s voters up to send a clear message about the values they support. If they support liberty, their vote is empowered by voting for a candidate that is the libertarian candidate. Adding another plus 1 to the old party candidates’s vote totals sends almost no message. If Gary Johnson get’s a higher than expected result, then media, politicians, and other voters learn that there is substantial support for liberty friendly candidates. Let’s play the long game!

Let’s go Libertarians!

Vote your conscience, your values, your interests:

Vote for liberty!

2016 Election Night Party!

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Libertarian volunteers, candidates, and supporters: please join us for an election night party to watch the returns, socialize, and celebrate the rising tide of libertarianism. Free admission, free appetizers sponsored by the state party, and a cash bar will be available. The party will be held at Tubby’s Diner and Liquors at 5701 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, Maryland 20707, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

We will have a big screen TV for the returns and there is wifi for internet updates.

So that we can get an accurate count for planning, please RSVP to email hidden; JavaScript is required

Localized Driving Instructions:

From 29 North: Take MD- Rt.198E Tubby’s will be less than 2 miles down, on your right!

From 29 South: Take MD- Rt.198E Exit. Go straight through circle. Turn left on 198E. Tubby’s will be less than 2 miles down, on your right!

From 95 North/South: Take MD- Rt.198W Tubby’s will be less than 2 miles down, on the left hand side of the road!

LP HQ Needs Volunteer Help

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The Libertarian Party’s national office in Arlington, VA needs some volunteer help this Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7th.

We received this message from Robert Kraus, Director of Operations:

We could use help Thur 10 am – 4 pm and Fri 10 am – 4 pm packing and shipping yard signs. We are several hundred orders behind at this point. We also need someone with large SUV or truck that can help us take stuff to Post Office as our usual carrier is out of town this week and the sub won’t come back to pick up.

Thanks in advance!

Robert

If you are available to help, please contact Robert Kraus at email hidden; JavaScript is required or by phone at 202-333-0008 x 231.

The address of the Libertarian Party’s headquarters is 1444 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Let’s help get those signs out to the rest of the country!

 

Reminder: Illegal Posting of Campaign Signs

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To our libertarian supporters:

Please remember that everyone must follow Maryland and local laws with respect to posting campaign signs. This is especially important with respect to placing signs on private property without the permission of the owner or on public property (including on public rights of way on streets and highways).

We don’t know who, but someone has been posting Gary Johnson campaign signs on public rights of way in Montgomery County. Such signs can create a traffic hazard as they may interfere with traffic control signs or otherwise distract motorists. While the signs being posted are not the type of signs distributed by the Libertarian Party of Maryland, illegal posting of campaign signs can result in the offender being cited and if found guilty, there can be very substantial fines.

It is great that libertarians want to spread the word in support of Gary’s campaign, but we don’t want any of our supporters to be cited for such violations and we also want to encourage only the lawful posting of campaign signs.

Leo Wayne Dymowksi-Fundraiser for Judicial Campaign

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Leo DymowskiLeo Wayne Dymowski, the 2014 Libertarian candidate for Attorney General (as well as other prior libertarian campaigns), is the current nominee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland for Judge of the Baltimore County Circuit Court. Leo was a successful trial lawyer who now serves as hearing officer for the Maryland Parole Commission and would make an excellent judge in Baltimore County.

You can stay in touch with Leo’s campaign on his Facebook or his website.

Leo will be holding a fundraiser on Wednesday, October 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Seasoned Mariner in Dundalk (601 Wise Avenue, Dundalk, MD 21222). The suggested minimum is $50. If you have questions or want to help Leo with his campaign, you can reach him at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 410-282-5808.

Access to Public Information for Howard County Schools-Request for Information

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The Libertarian Party of Maryland is part of the Maryland Open Government Coalition, a group of organizations that have worked hard to pass sunshine legislation (including the first major amendments to the Maryland Public Information Act in decades), all to increase transparency in government. We can’t argue effectively about the size and scope of government without access to the details of government activities.

One of the bills the coalition helped pass established the office of the Public Access Ombudsman, who is charged with mediating certain disputes involving public information act requests. Subsequently, HB1105 passed last year that focused on the lack of transparency of the Howard County Public Education system and charged the Public Access Ombudsman to investigate problems and make a report. If you or anyone you may know have had problems getting information or documents from any custodian of documents for the Howard County school system, please contact the Public Access Ombudsman before September 30th. See this notice for details on how to contact the Ombudsman: HB1105

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Reminder – Advanced Legislative Advocacy Training in two weeks

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For those interested in helping the party with legislative advocacy, there will be a free training seminar on August 31 from noon until 2:00 for an Advanced Legislative Advocacy training luncheon at EDIT for NEW Location:

Enoch Pratt Library
Light Street Branch
1251 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Please go to the basement meeting room.

The event, hosted by OSI Baltimore and in partnership with the ACLU of Maryland and Common Cause Maryland will focus on legislative advocacy. Whether you are just getting started or an experienced advocate looking to brush up on the basics, we hope you’ll find the training helpful. Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, creator of the webinar “Lobby Like a Pro” and executive director of Common Cause Maryland will be leading the training.

Among other topics, Ms. Bevan-Dangel will discuss the legislative process, bill tracking, and best practices for effective advocacy. This is a great opportunity for everyone regardless of your level of experience.

Lunch will be provided and space is limited so please RSVP to Keith Wallington at email hidden; JavaScript is required.