Libertarian Party

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Libertarian Party
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General Information
Chartered: December 11, 1971
Officers
Chair: Nicholas Sarwark
Vice Chair: Alex Merced
Secretary: Caryn Ann Harlos
Treasurer: Tim Hagan
Contact
Address: 1444 Duke St. Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Website: Website
Social Media
Facebook: Facebook
Twitter: Twitter

The Libertarian Party is a United States political party founded in 1971. The LP is the largest third party in the United States.

The Libertarian Party was founded on the basic ideas of Libertarianism. This philosophy is rooted in the Non-Aggression Principle and ideas such as Self-Ownership, The Ownership of Property, and the Objectivist notion of man as a heroic being.

Founded by David Nolan and several of his colleagues, the LP has grown to considerable size, reaching more than 4 million votes in the 2016 presidential election, and is the first party to have a female candidate on its presidential ticket receive an electoral vote. In 2006, over 13,400,000 votes were cast for Libertarian candidates.

The LP runs on a grassroots Jeffersonian ideal where individuals take the stand. The party has people from all political breeds, and has many variations on it's main ideas, yet the major ideas hold true.


Founding and Early Years

In 1971, the Committee to Form a Libertarian Party was established to determine if a new political party was needed, or if one of the existing political parties was suitable. It has been documented that Richard Nixon's 90 day price and wage freeze in August of that year was a deciding factor in the decision to form the LP.

On 11 December, the committee pulled the trigger, and the committee was replaced by the Libertarian Party. Notice was published in Reason Magazine[1] and possibly other places, which helped efforts to bootstrap the party going into its First National Convention.

At the Denver convention, Ed Carlson proposed a Statement of Principles, and the final draft was a minor variation of one proposed by John Hospers. It was expected that other planks would be routinely removed from the platform as they ceased to be timely or relevant. The Libertarian National Committee was set up, Susan Nolan was elected national chair, and the first national ticket was John Hospers for President and Tonie Nathan for Vice President.

While the Libertarian Party soon discovered the hard way how difficult it was to get on ballots, its presence on two states was adequate to attract the attention of an unhappy Republican elector, Roger MacBride, who gave the Hospers/Nathan ticket his vote, making Tonie Nathan the first woman and the first ethnic Jew to receive an electoral vote.

History

Main Article: History of the Libertarian Party

Current LNC Officers

Main Article: Libertarian National Committee

Position Name
Chair Nicholas Sarwark
Vice Chair Alex Merced
Secretary Caryn Ann Harlos
Treasurer Tim Hagan
Regions (see below)

Regional Representatives

LNC Regions 1-8
Red- Region 1
Orange- Region 2
Yellow- Region 3
Green- Region 4
Blue- Region 5
Purple- Region 6
Brown-Region 7
Black- Region 8
Grey- No region
Region Representative Alternate States/Areas
1 Richard Longstreth Craig Bowden Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
2 Steve Nekhaila Victoria Page Lee Florida, Georgia, Tennessee
3 Elizabeth Van Horn Dustin Nanna Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio
4 Jeffery Hewitt Kenneth Brent Olsen California, Nevada
5 Jim Lark Susan Hogarth North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC, South Carolina
6 John Phillips Jr. Philip Anderson Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, South Dakota
7 Whitney Bilyeu Erin Adams Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas
8 Jim Rosenbeck Jeff Lyons Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont
At-Large William Redpath
At-Large Sam Goldstein
At-Large Joshua Smith
At-Large Joe Bishop Henchman
At-Large Alicia Mattson

Party Logos

Party Registration

Voter registration statistics as reported by various state government web sites, Ballot Access News, and dehnbase.org/lpus/library/registration.html

These voter registration statistics are not year end numbers. Although some states report statistics monthly, others only report them in even years, in the three week period between mid October and the November general election. In order to create the most accurate snapshot of the number registered Libertarians nationally, all numbers come from within that three week period. If more than one number was reported within that period, the number closest to the general election was used.

Some states report both active voters and inactive voters. The numbers below exclude inactive voters.

There are 32 jurisdictions that allow registration by party. The New Hampshire LP became a ballot qualified party in November, 2016, which once again allowed voters in that state to register as Libertarians. The sole remaining state to allow voter registration by party, but not allow Libertarian registration, is Rhode Island.

1980 1982 1984 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016
Alabama
Alaska 1,282 3,226 6,871 7,228 7,258 8,787 6,926 8,984 7,719 7,182 7,557
Arizona 2,839 3,721 3,965 4,937 4,632 5,299 7,574 18,418 17,466 12,576 14,259 18,261 17,446 18,153 24,382 22,086 26,589 31,358
Arkansas 322
California 86,193 73,434 64,297 53,267 49,075 50,782 71,148 69,951 77,675 82,079 94,937 90,495 89,617 84,093 83,574 91,111 108,736 120,804 139,805
Colorado 576 753 1,033 1,258 1,660 1,942 2,420 3,201 4,259 5,543 6,078 6,555 11,075 10,549 19,585 26,746 37,880
Connecticut 29 70 149 653 741 789 840 987 1,295 1,603 1,780 2,561
Delaware 198 227 166 344 466 566 648 738 762 776 756 756 858 908 1,116 1,519
D. C. 510 918
Florida 650 1,336 1,516 2,909 3,585 5,509 7,037 9,462 11,852 13,806 15,533 16,883 17,888 19,892 23,665 28,287
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho 1,312 3,856 5,229
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa 762 1,416 2,203 4,632 8,366
Kansas 531 4,204 5,508 9,829 9,773 9,973 9,416 9,432 9,038 9,786 10,088 11,373 12,993 15,556
Kentucky 341 997 1,661 2,615 4,418 7,456
Louisiana 175 219 325 360 691 1,016 1,170 1,432 2,541 2,669 3,877 6,889 10,478 14,088
Maine 1,048 5,616
Maryland 328 350 2,692 3,785 4,021 6,578 2,626 4,390 7,058 8,996 11,289 14,771 19,343
Massachusetts 204 333 8,157 7,610 16,071 20,578 23,900 19,253 12,534 15,857 13,336 10,920 8,846
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska 214 91 52 194 234 70 1,790 3,402 4,717 453 320 3,117 5,719 11,214
Nevada 676 1,003 911 692 739 1,125 2,315 2,847 3,833 4,819 4,715 4,891 6,240 6,088 6,776 6,807 8,448 9,739 13,381
New Hampshire 3,289 3,330 3,207 3,207
New Jersey 208 448 543 1,023 1,387 1,899 2,490 5,405
New Mexico 123 190 1,407 1,183 3,787 4,974 2,805 2,172 2,240 3,541 3,129 5,714
New York 362 1,061 1,545 2,680 3,874 5,376 7,128
North Carolina 489 560 677 1,472 2,585 4,754 6,909 8,903 12,831 3,637 9,254 19,321 25,650 32,333
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma 875 444 141 703 286 689 3,599
Oregon 3,800 10,102 11,946 13,663 12,929 16,971 15,330 13,736 13,469 15,434 17,825 19,065
Pennsylvania 4,408 13,770 23,095 30,248 34,258 36,070 36,509 38,031 36,353 47,501 48,966
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota 346 469 656 924 1,074 1,148 1,091 1,168 1,059 1,080 1,126 1,377 1,620
Tennessee
Texas
Utah 1,836 2,556 2,904 2,639 4,110 5,494 7,168 11,728
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia 420 964 1,360 1,448 1,854 4,679
Wisconsin
Wyoming 54 75 78 53 181 229 246 281 328 452 878 1,288 1,139 1,862 1,615
Total 92,760 78,158 73,166 54,712 57,247 60,010 100,561 102,298 162,545 182,527 224,676 207,480 259,440 235,994 242,587 278,988 330,740 400,150 501,154
Jurisdictions Reporting 11 3 13 3 7 7 18 14 19 20 21 21 23 21 24 25 26 27 30
1980 1982 1984 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016

See Also

Notes

  1. http://lpedia.org/Mickey%2C_Me_and_the_LP
  2. Affectionately known among rank and file members as the "Chicken on a Stick" or "Flaming Chicken"