3:15 PM – 4:15 PMLSLA Business meeting4:15 PM – 6:30 PMBreak6:30 PM – 7:00 PMReceptionElm Room7:00 PM – 9:00 PMDinnerElm RoomLNC Chair Candidates ForumElm RoomI encourage all of you to attend the LSLA Convention, February 26-28,2010.
Ballot Access Petition Drive
Do you remember the article last month on the ballot access petition drive?To repeat what I wrote then, to qualify as a minor party and gain ballotaccess for out candidates, we will have to have 4,148 validated petitionsignatures. As our experience last time was that the rate of disqualificationof petition signatures by the Bureau of Elections Office (BoE) ran at almost50%. Based on that, we believe we will need to have almost double the4,148 requirement. In other words, we need to collect over 8,000 signatures(4,148 x 2 = 8,296).To hire paid petitioners is an expensive undertaking. They charge $2.00 per signature. We can help ourselves cut costs by collecting as many petitionsignatures as we can. Some events that are usually prime for collectingsignatures are knife and gun shows, state and county fairs, farmersmarkets, motorcycle rallies, etc.But you can also keep a number of blank petition forms with you so you canpull them out whenever you have opportunity to discuss the politicalproblems with your family, friends, and neighbors, or for that matter,anyone.You need to have a number of forms, as you need to use a separate formfor each county, depending on which county the person is registered in. If they sign on the form for the wrong county, you have a wasted signature, asthe BoE will invalidate it.You need to be a stickler on ensuring that the person uses the address withwhich he or she is registered with the State on their voter registration, NOTthe address at which they are living. This is especially critical with studentsat the college campuses. They often are registered back home, but putdown their address where they are living while at school, which results inanother wasted signature that will be invalidated by the BoE.Every signature you can collect is one less we have to hire a paid petitioner to collect for us. Plus, if you are particularly careful in ensuring they sign onthe form for the correct county where they are REGISTERED (NOTNECESSARILLY WHERE THEY ACTUALLY LIVE), and they write theinformation legibly, you can help gain a higher percentage of validity for thesignatures you have collected.Our LPNM Constitution allows that 200 petition signatures (that’s 10 fullpages of signatures) may be submitted to extend one’s membership anadditional year. But, we will need to receive your submitted forms by March15, 2010, as we will need to have them ready to submit to the BoE by thebeginning of April.Are you up to the challenge? Collect and submit the signatures, and haveyour LPNM dues paid for an additional year.
Send your signed petition forms to:
LPNM Membership Director c/o Ron Bjornstad918 Ivory Road SERio Rancho, NM 87124
New Mexico Liberty – January 2010 – Page 3
Voice of the Chair
Between now and Memorial Day at the end of May, we have threeconventions. They are the LSLA, LPNM, and LP conventions. I stronglyencourage you to try to attend all three. This month let me discuss the LSLAconvention. We’ll get to the other two in the next couple of months.Many think of the Libertarian State Leadership Association (LSLA)Convention at being for “State Chairs” only. That is not the case. It is notrestricted to just state chairs.All state officers should try to attend, including the chairs, vice-chairs,secretaries, treasurers, and executive directors. Additionally, anyoneconsidering being a future state officer, county officers, IT volunteers,campaign managers, candidate recruiters, candidates, active volunteers,and any others interested in becoming involved, both now and in the futureshould try to attend.This year the LSLA Convention will be February 26-28, 2010, the lastweekend in February. To summarize it, we'll have a reception on Fridaynight at the hotel restaurant/bar (see below for which hotel we’ll be at). OnSaturday, we're looking at doing two concurrent breakout session tracks: aninformation technology (IT) track and a Leadership track. Our hope is thatthe two tracks will include enough interesting topics to attract broader participation. This is all about building a solid leadership team. We stronglyencourage everyone to attend and exchange ideas and best practices.On Saturday night, we're looking at dinner with a debate among thecandidates for LNC Chair. Afterwards, we're going on a tour of 6th Street,the entertainment district of Austin, the Capital of Live Music – seeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Street_(Austin).We’ll wrap with a Sundaycontinental breakfast.The LSLA website is ready to take your convention reservations isstatechairsconference.org.We're at the Radisson Austin North Hotel. Their web site isradisson.com/austintx_north. You can make hotel reservations by callingcall 800-333-3333 or 512-451-5757. Ask for the Libertarian rate, $89 single,$99 Double.The agenda for the Conference is as follows:
10 AM – 6 PMBylaws CommitteePecan Room6 PM – 10 PMReceptionRed Pepper Café
9:00 AM – 9:15 AMOpening AnnouncementsElm Room
The IT Track Agenda
9:30 AM – 10:30 AMUsing the LP DatabaseSycamore Room10:45AM – 11:45 AME-Mail MarketingSycamore Room11:45 AM – 1:00 PMLunch BreakOn your own1:00 PM – 2:00 PMSocial NetworkingSycamore Room2:15 PM – 3:15 PMThe Best in Website DesignSycamore Room
The Leadership Track Agenda
9:30 AM – 10:30 AMOrganizing State & CountyPartiesElm Room10:45AM – 11:45 AMRecruiting CandidatesElm Room11:45 AM – 1:00 PMLunch BreakOn your own1:00 PM – 2:00 PMMarketing the LPElm Room2:15 PM – 3:15 PMForging AlliancesElm Room
With the coming of the new year, my wish for eachof you is that the new year not make you wish for