The Libertarian Party is different from the others. We’re different because we are firmly committed to a few basic principles of political philosophy, and these principles keep us on the straight and narrow politically. Our opposition to aggression, our respect for personal autonomy, and our thirst for justice are all so deeply rooted as to be essential to our political identity. That’s a key reason Libertarians don’t fall for some of the state-sponsored coercion that politicians in the other parties push on us, from taxpayer-funded bailouts to unconstitutional infringements of our civil liberties.
These principles are so important that we work hard at informing and persuading voters of our philosophy. We don’t just want votes; we want an expanding social consensus in favor of liberty.
Still, as a political party, our goal is to elect Libertarians to office wherever we can. And to do that, we need effective political action. We invite everyone who shares the libertarian philosophy to become a capital-L Libertarian, by joining us in the specifically political part of our mission.
Meet our Candidates
In every statewide election, the Libertarian Party of Maryland gives Maryland voters something they rarely get from the older parties: a choice. In 2012, for example, we nominated qualified Libertarian candidates for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency, as well as the U.S. Senate and seven of the eight Maryland seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2016, we will have Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, as well as the following Maryland candidates:
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Become a Libertarian
You can be a “card-carrying” member of the Libertarian Party, both nationally and in Maryland, even if you are registered as a Democrat, a Republican, or an Unaffiliated voter. Joining the national and state parties is a great way to learn more about Libertarian policies and Libertarian candidates you’ll be proud to support on election day no matter which party the State Board of Elections think you belong to. You can get further information about joining the national party at www.LP.org, and you can download the membership form for the Libertarian Party of Maryland here. You can even join the Maryland LP online.
But what if you want to do more than just get your feet wet? If you’re committed and ready to dive right in, please change your party affiliation in the state’s voter registration database. The State uses party affiliation as one of the ways parties can qualify for ballot access, so increasing the number of registered Libertarians in Maryland is the surest way we can free ourselves from the discriminatory ballot access laws that currently apply to everyone but the Democrats and Republicans. Changing your registration is easy, using the State’s online voter registration tool. Alternatively, you can download the form here, and then fill it out (listing your party as “Libertarian”) and mail it back to your local board of elections, whose address you can find here.