Lower Ballot Access Barrier

The Libertarian Party supports the bill sponsored by a bipartisan group of legislators to dramatically lower the ballot access barrier for new political parties and unaffiliated candidates. 

Rep. Phil Shepard (R-15, Onslow) filed House Bill 769 Voter Freedom Act of 2017. It reduces the number of signatures a new political party must collect to qualify for the ballot from about 94,000 to just under 12,000. That’s equivalent to one-quarter of one percent of the vote for governor or president in the last election. 

“We're grateful to these representatives for backing this bill. They recognize that the right to vote is not truly complete where free choice does not exist,” said Brian Irving, state Libertarian Party chair. 

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Second Chance to Buy a Free Beer T-shirt

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina, led by activists in Wake County, is still working hard to support our North Carolina brewers and free markets.

The first run of our Libertarian "Free Beer" T-shirt sale was a great success. Thank you for participating. We raised a bit of money for the party, and our message is getting out. A second T-shirt sale just opened up.

A bill filed last week, House Bill 500, would raise the self-distribution barrel limit from 25,000 to 200,000 barrels. This is still a trivial amount compared to what big international brewers distribute and sell in the state. But by raising the limit, our local brewers can continue to grow and compete in a free and fair market. NC brewers won't be forced into a distribution partnership that's bad for their business.

Go here to purchase one today.

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Convention Early Bird Special Ends April 8

Don’t miss the chance to tell your friends “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” when you return from the 2017 Libertarian Party of North Carolina Annual State Convention Aug. 11-13 at the Lake Lure Inn and Spa.

The Lake Lure Inn is a classic 90-year old, freshly renovated, hotel with panoramic views of the lake and the mountains of Western North Carolina. Many of the scenes from the 1980’s movie hit “Dirty Dancing” were filmed on the lake and at the inn.

The $75 early bird special price for the Gala Convention Pass ends April 8. This includes all meals and all events, except the sunset cruise.

So go to the convention website and register today. Don’t forget to call the Lake Lure Inn at (888) 434-4970 to make a room reservation as well. (You must make room reservations by phone.) The Lake Lure Inn has 69 rooms, and we'd like to fill the place with liberty.

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Libertarians To Elect Executive Committee

One of the most important, but often underrated, items of business we conduct at our state convention is the election of the executive committee. At the 2017 Libertarian Party of North Carolina State Convention in Lake Lure Aug. 11-13 we’ll be electing the entire membership of the Executive Committee. 

This includes chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer and nine at-large members. The elections will be Sunday morning.

If you are interested in serving in any of these positions, contact Matt Clements, chair of the nominating committee, at mclements@lpnc.org.

The exec comm is responsible for the control and management of all of the affairs, properties, and funds of the party consistent with the bylaws and any resolutions that may have been adopted by the state convention.

The committee meets about six times a year in person. They also hold online meetings and conduct other business online between meetings. The duties of the officers are outlined in the bylaws here. EC members must be LPNC members, as defined in the bylaws (Article III) and must be registered to vote as Libertarian or unaffiliated.

Current officers are listed here. Please email any of them or state chair Brian Irving, if you have any questions.

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