Every Vote Counts*

How often have you heard this statement?

*Every vote Counts(if you are willing to cast your vote for a democrat or a republican).

That’s just a bit closer to the truth.  Why?  Because the state of Georgia’s restrictive ballot access laws prohibit(as in stop) Libertarian Candidates from getting their name on the ballot.

You cannot get your votes to count if you write in your candidate of choice unless that candidate has also registered as an official write-in candidate.  So when you write in someone’s name against an unopposed candidate, the act is meaningless.  But they want to give you the idea that it counted(yet they do not even count write-ins).

Why would they do such a thing?  In this day and age where everything is about choice, why would they deny you the choice of the option of casting a vote for a Libertarian candidate?  Because they can.  That’s right -they can.

Unless you do something about it.  We need you to begin to contact your State Representatives and Senators.  We need you to let them know. that if every vote counts, then every candidate that meets the legal requirements for the office be allowed to run for the office.

Earlier in the year HB 58 was introduced,   Read about it here:

http://ballot-access.org/2015/01/23/georgia-ballot-access-bill-introduced-3/

This Bill would have lowered the number of signatures needed from 5% to 2% to get a Libeertarian Party Candidate on the ballot.  Better, but certainly not good enough.  We should demand more.  We might settle for less the first time around but we need to demand more.

Here’s where you can do something to help us help you make your vote count.  Because your vote does not count when there is no candidate running against an incumbent.  You know that.  I know that.  The media knows that.

And if you know that most of the positions that you will cast votes for are unopposed, odds are you might just choose to stay home.  Many voters do.

So I am asking you to write your State Representatives and State Senators.  Learn what their position is on this issue,  Voice your support to more choice at the ballot box, rather than less.  When you hear back from them, let us know what they have said. Send me a note at Ernest.Moosa@lpgeorgiadotcom(you know how to change that dot).

You can find their names and contact info with the link below.

http://www.senate.ga.gov/senators/en-US/FindyourLegislator.aspx

Help us help you to begin tackling this issue now, before the next start of the legislative session.

We want your votes to count.  Really count.  Not the charade we have today.

And while you are at it, if you are not a member of the Georgia Libertarian Party, consider joining us today.  The more members we have the more the legislators will be willing to listen to us.

It’s your freedom we are fighting for.  Help us help you.

Click here to join us today: Make My Vote Count!

Together we can make that happen!

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Georgia Libertarian Candidates to Qualify for November General Election

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U.S. Senate Candidate Amanda Swafford

Atlanta GA: On Tuesday – June 24, 2014 – 9:00am Libertarian Party of Georgia Candidates will officially qualify to be placed on the November General Election ballots. The event will take place at Georgia Secretary of State’s office, Elections Division, Suite 802, West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30334.

 
Candidates qualifying will include:
• For Governor – Dr. Andrew Hunt, founder and former CEO of the nanotechnology company, nGimat
• For U.S. Senate – Amanda Swafford a former member of the Flowery Branch City Council in Hall County, Georgia and has also served in elected office in Sacramento County, California.
• For Public Service Commission District 4 – Aaron Gilmer, an auditor with ADP (Automatic Data Processing)
• Insurance Commissioner: Ted Metz

 
Party chairman Doug Craig said Libertarians are proud to offer candidate as alternatives to the two party political system in Georgia.

 
“In spite of restrictive ballot access laws the Libertarian Party continues to offer candidates who want limited government and maximum freedom. Our candidates represent more than a bumper sticker campaign. More and more voters identify themselves as “independent”. It’s a sign voters are losing interest in the two major parties. We want to offer up what we feel are candidates that represent personal freedom and fiscal responsibility”, said Doug Craig

 
Libertarian Party candidates will be available for press interviews and photo opportunities.

Georgia Ballot Access Laws Restrict Voter Choice

What-Is-LibertarianismMay 20, 2014 – Atlanta Ga: Election officials are predicting a very low turnout today in the primary election. Some predictions place it at only 20-25 percent. These nominating elections are held for Democrat and Republican Parties only, at a cost of millions of tax dollars and a greater cost for runoff elections.

 
While nearly half of district races are unopposed, the Libertarian Party of Georgia (LP Georgia), other political parties and independent candidates are locked out of the political process due to some of the most restrictive ballot access laws in the nation. [Read more…]

Why Libertarians Lose

This was originally published on BrettBittner.com before being re-published at United Liberty.

“Libertarians will never win.”  “Why don’t you just join the Republican Party?”  I’ve heard all the reasons I’m “doing it wrong” from people outside the Libertarian Party.  “We don’t have ballot access.”  “We aren’t able to raise money, because we aren’t bought by special interests.”  I’ve heard every excuse inside the Libertarian Party about why we do not win elections.  Aside from the ballot access issue and joining the Republican Party, what you’re about to read is also valid for “small L” libertarians, grassroots campaigns of either the Democratic or Republican variety, and nearly any recently “off the couch” activist-turned-candidate.  There are obvious exceptions in the case of independently wealthy individuals or celebrities or athletes cashing in on their fame, but these are generally the “rules.”  Also, there are “wins” that can be achieved without actually having more votes than the others running, but that is for another day.

The “mistakes” I outline below are not the fault of the candidate, their staff or their volunteers.  It is my opinion that they are just unaware of the “mistakes.”  The first and most devastating mistake that Libertarians make is that they are not involved in government until they are ready to run for office.  They have not attended a single City Council, County Commission meeting, or visited their state legislature to watch them in action, let alone been involved enough to know the players or the game.  At the local level, there are many opportunities to get involved without winning an election.  This mistake hurts potential candidates for two reasons: no one knows who they are, and they do not have any record on which to run. [Read more…]