The tension tightens as Libertarian Party Precinct, County and District Conventions convene three times in less than two weeks in the Northern reaches of Texas. The convening, in fact, goes on all across Lone Star Land wherever the LP is organized for precinct, county and district operations.
All Election 2016 “convention parties,” which is what the LP is – as opposed to The Democrat-Republican Party that has expensive, complicated taxpayer-funded travesties called “nominating primaries” – are required by Texas law to have specified conventions on specified dates leading up to their State Convention. In the LP’s case that would be San Antonio. It’s like a convention treadmill and here’s how the mill treads:
Delegates are elected at each of the local Precinct Conventions who then attend their County Conventions who attend their District Conventions who attend the State Convention and vote for all kinds of things along the way. Sounds simple enough but there is a bit more.
To qualify as a Delegate you must be a current resident of your county – no, this isn’t a Birther issue, you just have to live there – be a registered voter and not be affiliated (associated, allied, linked or cahooted) with some other party like Democratic, Republican, Green, Reform, Socialist, Communist, Patriot or Workers World. (Yes, these are all real political parties registered in Texas.)
Okay, so now that you’re a Precinct Convention Delegate you can mosey on down the street a few days later and become a County Convention Delegate where you can do County Convention Delegate stuff like voting for party Executive Committee members, adding and voting on any “at large” members, and nominating and voting for candidates running for public office in your County.
Next, if you were named a District Convention Delegate at your County Convention you get to sit at the big table at your District Convention and vote for who you want to be the LP nominees for the US House Districts and Texas Senate Districts in your area.
All of this political activity is of course just preliminary lead up to the Texas Libertarian Party State Convention in San Antonio which will feature all the usual state convention goings on including speechifying from such high profile libertarian luminaries as Jeffrey Tucker, Julie Borowski, Gary Johnson, John McAfee and Austin Petersen among many others.
Also all you District Convention Delegates who were named State Convention Delegates get to vote for state level candidates and officers. And guess what else. Seventy-one of you who have successfully trod the Delegate Treadmill from Precinct to County to District to State may also get “voted through to the next level” as Delegates to the LP National Convention. (Or just play leapfrog and fill out an application form and hope the State Convention Delegate Treadmillers vote you through.)
But it all starts right here at home. You local LP activists know who you are so just check the official LP 2016 Local Convention Schedule for where you live. And if any of this isn’t quite right or is factually wrong just contact your local LP Party people and they’ll clear everything up for you. Happy conventioning!