Conventions FAQ

Why doesn’t the LP have a primary like the other parties?

Because Texas Election Code prescribes different nominating practices for parties depending on their performance in the previous gubernatorial election.

If I voted in the primary but I want to switch to the Libertarian Party, can I do that in time to participate in convention?

If a person votes in the the 2018 primary of another party, they are ineligible to participate in the 2018 conventions of the Libertarian Party per Texas Election Code.

What sort of documentation/credentials do I need to bring?

You need to bring a photo ID and if you can find it you should bring your voter registration card as well.

Can I still participate even if I can’t find my voter registration card?

Yes, but you do need to bring a photo ID.

Does participation in Libertarian conventions prevent me from being able to do something else?

By participating in the precinct convention of the Libertarian Party, you will not be eligible to vote in the primary, primary run-off, or participate in the convention of another party during 2018.

Does participation in the precinct convention involve any long term commitment from me?

The only long term commitment resulting from your participation in precinct convention is your affiliation with the Libertarian Party which persists until the end of 2018 per Texas Election Code.

I’ve never been to a convention. Where do I start?

The first step is to contact your county chair. Since they will be organizing the time and location for precinct and county conventions, they’ll be your best local resource. After that, if you’ve decided you want to participate in the LP convention process, you need to abstain from voting in the primaries or participating in any other party’s convention and make sure your voter registration is up to date.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

If you haven’t already gotten in touch with your county leadership, you should. You may also want to brush up on your county’s bylaws and LPTexas’ Rules, but your county leadership should be able to help you with that as well, so don’t let it overwhelm you.

Does it cost money to be a delegate?

There are no dues or fees required, so the only cost incurred for participating in the precinct convention is the cost to get there and the cost of taking time off work if necessary.

Is there a dress code?

No, but it is advised that people remember these conventions take place in public.

Are the conventions kid friendly?

It is important to remember that these conventions should be regarded similarly to an executive business meeting. Many older children find the conventions fascinating and informative, but younger ones often get anxious and cranky which will be distracting to everyone attempting to participate in the business being conducted.


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