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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sign waving at poll location entrances can reinforce people driving into the polling center and traffic passing by.
- 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.
- 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!