by J.J. Summerell
Chair, Libertarian Party of North Carolina
The deadline date for "Early Bird" registration has been extended by two weeks, from May 1 to Thursday, May 15.
The 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention will take place over the last weekend of June at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio. This location is geographically located within a day’s drive to a majority of our membership, so many of you could make it a road trip!
Sean Haugh of Durham won the Libertarian nomination for U.S. Senate in the second primary in the party's history. Unofficial results (as of 8:42 a.m. May 7) have Haugh winning with 1,215 votes (60.7 percent) to 787 (39.3 percent) for Tim D'Annunzio of Raeford.
The 15.9 percent voter turnout was higher than the 14 percent turnout in the last non-presidential year primary in 2010.
Haugh ended a four-year “retirement” from politics to enter the contest. At a victory party at Satisfactions Restaurant in Durham, he promised supporters he would run a vigorous general election effort focused on his campaign theme to “stop all wars.”
About 10 p.m., D'Annunzio called to congratulate Haugh on his victory and pledged his support for the fall campaign.
“I'm in this race to give anyone who is tired of sending the same old lying politicians to Washington for God-knows-how-long a viable alternative,” he said. “We just keep ending up with more wars, and more debt, and it just keeps getting worse.”Read more
The second primary in the history of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina will be held Tuesday. The Libertarian US Senate primary is open to all registered Libertarians and unaffiliated voters. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
If you are registered Libertarian, when you go to vote the poll workers should give you the Libertarian ballot. If they don't, ask for it. Don't take no for an answer. If you have to, speak to the senior poll worker, the chief judge.
If you are registered unaffiliated, the poll worker should ask you which primary ballot you want. Ask for the Libertarian ballot. Again, if they don't tell you – ask – and insist.
If you are not given a primary ballot in either case, let us know right away. Call the LPNC at this number listed on our website: 919-283-5295.
Leave your name, email and telephone number, your county and precinct number, the name of the poll worker you talked to, and the approximate time you tried to vote.
We'll check into it as quickly as possible and let you know what we find out.
Check your voter registration and precinct here.
Update: Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties we were not able to webcast or record this event.
The third and final forum featuring the Libertarian candidates for U.S. Senate will be held Sunday, May 4 in Wilmington.
The New Hanover Libertarian Party is sponsoring this event. It will be held at the Cape Fear Country Club, 1518 Country Club Rd, beginning at 2 p.m., with Tim D'Annunzio and Sean Haugh attending.
A recent poll of likely voters conducted by the Civitas Institute showed that the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate could draw 8 percent of the vote statewide, and more than double that, 19 percent, in the Triangle in the fall election. Forty-three percent of the respondents said they'd vote for the Democratic candidate, 38 percent for the Republican and 11 percent were undecided.Read more