WakeLP Convention Set for April 21

The annual Libertarian Party of Wake County Convention is set for April 21 at 7 p.m. in our usual meeting place, Tobacco Road Sports Cafe. Wake Libertarians will be able to attend both in-person and online via Zoom.

Business includes electing a new executive committee, including a chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, and one at-large member. We will also review the Plan of Organization and select delegates to the LPNC State Convention in June.

You must pre-register and provide an e-mail address you can access during the convention if you expect to attend as a delegate.

The WakeLP Executive Committee decided to use an online balloting system, OpaVote, to manage votes and elections at the 2021 WakeLP Convention, pending the delegates' consent. You would need access to the internet to receive e-mails and navigate to the balloting website to record your votes during the meeting. This holds for both remote and in-person delegates. There is free WiFi at Tobacco Road.

WakeLP Plan of Organization

We'll be considering two proposals to edit and amend the WakeLP Plan of Organization. 

The first is basic grammar and style changes to tighten the language. This proposal also includes a substantive amendment to add to the treasurer's duties the responsibility to fulfill the legal obligations required by NC law. Please read it here.

The second proposal is to amend the plan to implement ranked-choice voting for all our elections. Please read it here.

If you plan to attend as a delegate or are just interested, please read both proposals. You can post comments if you wish. You can review the current plan

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Goodbye (and Good Riddance) to 2020

"I'm going to stay up until midnight Dec. 31 just to make sure 2020 leaves." (Facebook meme)

Despite COVID, 2020 was another good year for the Wake Libertarian Party. All of our General Assembly candidates did well, adding more evidence to the view that money doesn't guarantee votes. Even with a shoestring budget, a Libertarian candidate can have an impact on the election.

North Carolina set a record for voter turnout at 75.3%.

One thing is clear – North Carolina is still deeply purple. Democrat Governor Roy Cooper did not win re-election by as big a margin as most polls predicted, but he still won. And soon-to-be-former Republican President Donald Trump won the state.

One thing the polls were right about is how people were going to vote. Most voters used early in-person (49%) or voted by absentee ballot (13.6%).

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A Rational Conversation: COVID and Criminal Justice Reform

Watch this conversation between three Libertarian candidates for the legislative candidates as they talk about the two topics now dominating the election, COVID-19 pandemic and criminal justice reform.

When 2020 began, neither of these issues was on any political pundit’s radar. Now they seem to be all any of them talk about. 

Sadly, as with many issues, it is not reasoned, rational debate. Instead, political discourse has degenerated into name-calling and tribal warfare between “good” and “evil.”

Wearing – or not wearing – a mask has become both a fashion statement and a political statement.

Libertarians Travis Groo (NC Senate 17), Bruce Basson (NC House 36), and Dee Watson (NC House 49) have a different view. 

They, like all Libertarians, believe we can build a healthy, safe, free, peaceful, and prosperous North Carolina another way. By harnessing the limitless potential of a free people who can work together to solve these and other issues.

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