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2020 Libertarian National Convention
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Convention
TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch)
Dates: May 22—24 (POTUS ticket nomination)
July 8—12 (remaining business)
Location: Online and Orlando, Florida
Venue: Zoom, Rosen Centre, Orange County Convention Center
Media
Website: Website
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The 2020 Libertarian National Convention was a National Convention of the Libertarian Party. Delegates were selected by the state affiliates. Business included nomination of the LP's national ticket, amendments to the LP's bylaws, and election of members to internal positions. The in-person component of this event also included speaker sessions, meal events, and an exhibition hall.

Presidential/Vice-Presidential Nomination

On 23 May 2020, Jo Jorgensen was nominated for President on the 4th Presidential ballot with Spike Cohen nominated for Vice-President on the 3rd Vice-Presidential Ballot the next day.[1][2]

Elections

National Chair

First ballot:

Candidate Votes
Joe Bishop-Henchman 425
Joshua Smith 327
Tony D'Orazio 86
Jacob Lamont 60
Mike Shipley 38
Dulap Nelson (wi) 4
Brandon Nelson (wi) 2
Alex Merced (wi) 1
NOTA 27

Second ballot:

Candidate Votes
Joe Bishop-Henchman 528
Joshua Smith 379
Tony D'Orazio (wi) 4
Nicholas Sarwark (wi) 1
NOTA 57

National Treasurer

Tim Hagan was re-elected without opposition.

National Vice-Chair

The election for Vice-Chair was conducted in one ballot using approval voting.

Candidate Votes
Ken Moellman 434
Richard Longstreth 395
Tony D'Orazio 201
Geoff Neale 185
Jacob Lamont 137
Jeff Wood 37
James Ogle 20
Valerie Sarwark (wi) 9
Rachel Johnson (wi) 4
Vermin Supreme (wi) 2
James Weeks (wi) 1
Brandon Nelson (wi) 1
Trisha Butler (wi) 1
NOTA 30

National Secretary

The election for Secretary was conducted in one ballot using approval voting.

Candidate Votes
Caryn Ann Harlos 461
Evan McMahon 417
Dave Jones 74
Frankie Mermaid (wi) 3
Andrew Chadderdon (wi) 1
Tim Ferreira (wi) 1
Elon Musk (wi) 1
Emily Salvette (wi) 1
small children in a trenchcoat, 3 (wi) 1
Vermin Supreme (wi) 1
Jeff Wood (wi) 1
NOTA 25

LNC At Large

Five to be elected.

The election was conducted in a single ballot using approval voting and those with the most votes elected, with each delegate able to cast up to five votes.

Candidate Votes
Laura Ebke 368
Valerie Sarwark 353
Joshua Smith 349
Richard Longstreth 323
Erik Raudsep 298
Jacob Lamont 285
Paige Sexton 277
Bill Redpath 241
Boomer Shannon 219
Brent Olsen 188
Sam Goldstein 146
Keiran O’ Se’ 133
Geoff Neale 99
Alicia Mattson[3] 94
Daniel Behrman 90
Caryn Ann Harlos[4] 83
Desarae Lindsey 82
Darryl Perry 74
Omar Recuero 74
Richard Manzo 63
Pat Ford 56
Richard Fast 35
Nathan Weise 35
Pietro Geraci 34
James Weeks 29
Alex Flores 22
Mark Rufio 20
Henry Conoly 19
Andy Jacobs 8
Ken Moellman (wi)[5] 2
Justin Amash (wi) 1
Rick Dawson (wi) 1
Brian Ellison (wi) 1
Tom Markey (wi) 1
Evan McMahon 1
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (wi) 1
Jake Porter (wi) 1
Aaron Starr (wi) 1
Carolyn Wade (wi) 1
Chris Weist (wi) 1
NOTA 4

Judicial Committee

Seven to be elected.

The election was conducted in a single ballot using approval voting and those with the most votes elected, with each delegate able to cast up to seven votes.

Candidate Votes
Mary Ruwart 494
Tom Arnold 378
Jim Turney 303
D. Frank Robinson 302
Chuck Moulton 293
Vermin Supreme 291
Alicia Mattson 284
Chris Wiest 226
Tricia Sprankle 193
Ruth Bennett 165
Christopher Thrasher 126
Beth Vest 121
Barbara Howe 120
Tyler Smith 114
Mary Gingell 110
Eric Mulder 102
Mike Dixon 92
Mark Tuniewicz 85
Michael Kielsky 76
John Buttrick 75
Matthew Long 67
Roger Roots 67
Phillip Anderson 65
Carolyn Wade 63
Paul Grindle 62
Daniel Lewis 41
Mark Whitney 27
Carla Howell (wi) 7
Nick Sarwark (wi) 2
Justin Amash (wi) 1
Laura Ebke (wi)[6] 1
Jim Fulner (wi) 1
Ken Kaplan (wi) 1
Jacob Lamont (wi) 1
Darryl Perry (wi) 1
Joshua Smith (wi)[7] 1
The Ghost of Benjamin Tucker (wi) 1
Three Dogs in a Trenchcoat (wi) 1
NOTA 29

Location

This convention was initially scheduled to be held on Memorial Day weekend (21-25 May) in Austin, Texas, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was held in two "sittings" and partially online. The first sitting, which dealt with the presidential/vice-presidential nomination, was held 22-24 May online. The second sitting took place 9-12 July, in a hybrid format with some delegates participating in person at the Rosen Centre Hotel and Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, while others participated online.[8]

Original Plan

Criteria for the location were outlined in the Request for Proposal. The three finalist cities for the original convention location were:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Phoenix, Arizona.

The location chosen was the Austin JW Marriott.

On April 26, 2020, the JW Marriott canceled the convention's reservation due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[9] On May 9, 2020, the LNC invoked an "emergency" situation allowing the bifurcation of the convention into two sittings. The emergency comprised candidate filing deadlines which would occur prior to any time at which an in-person convention could be conducted. There was a schism in the LNC between a consistent majority of LNC members and party chair Nicholas Sarwark with the latter in consistent disagreement with the decision to have any in-person component.

Delegate Allocation

The following are the number of delegates that were allocated to each affiliate for the 2020 Libertarian National Convention.[10] The affiliates are listed in groups according to the LNC regions which were in effect through this convention; region groupings for the upcoming term may be different.

2020 Libertarian National Convention delegate count by state.
LNC Region 1 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Alaska 6
Arizona 24
Colorado 35
Hawaii 5
Kansas 11
Montana 7
New Mexico 13
Oregon 15
Utah 9
Washington 35
Wyoming 3
LNC Region 2 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Florida 54
Georgia 29
Tennessee 23
LNC Region 3 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Indiana 30
Kentucky 11
Michigan 34
Ohio 45
LNC Region 4 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
California 107
Nevada 13
LNC Region 5 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Delaware 4
Maryland 20
North Carolina 29
Pennsylvania 40
South Carolina 17
Virginia 35
Washington D.C. 3
West Virginia 6
LNC Region 6 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Illinois 37
Iowa 11
Minnesota 20
Missouri 19
Nebraska 8
North Dakota 4
South Dakota 5
Wisconsin 20
LNC Region 7 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Alabama 13
Arkansas 6
Louisiana 13
Oklamhoma 14
Texas 73
LNC Region 8 Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Connecticut 13
Maine 8
Massachusetts 22
New Hampshire 11
New Jersey 20
New York 48
Vermont 3
States without Regions Delegates
Affiliate Delegate Allocation
Idaho 6
Mississippi 6

Supporting Reports and Documents

Presidential Nomination

Candidates

Main article: 2020 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidates

The candidates listed below were listed on the convention ballot after receiving nomination tokens from the delegation.

Name Background State Campaign Announced
Jim Gray
(running mate- Larry Sharpe)
former Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Orange County, California
2012 Libertarian nominee for Vice-President
California website 13 April 2020[11]
Jacob Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation, Founder and President Virginia website 2 November 2019[12]
Jo Jorgensen Psychology Senior Lecturer at Clemson University
1996 Libertarian nominee for Vice-President
South Carolina website 13 August 2019
Adam Kokesh Anti-War Activist and Author
2018 Write-in Candidate for U.S. Senate from Arizona
Arizona website 18 July 2013
John Monds 2014 Libertarian Party of Georgia Nominee for Public Service Commission, District 1
2010 Libertarian Party of Georgia nominee for Governor
Georgia website 2 February 2020
Vermin Supreme
(running mate- Spike Cohen)
Performance Artist and Activist
Candidate for President since 1992
Massachusetts website 28 May 2018

May 21 Debate Participants

The following candidates received enough tokens to participate in the May 21 Presidential debate.[13]

Name Tokens (out of 915)
Jacob Hornberger 224
Jo Jorgensen 189
John Monds 113
Jim Gray 109
Vermin Supreme 100

1st Ballot

2020 Libertarian Party Nomination for President of the United States 1st Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)[14]
Name Votes Percent
Jo Jorgensen 248 24.4%
Jacob Hornberger 236 23.2%
Vermin Supreme 171 16.8%
John Monds 147 14.5%
Jim Gray 98 9.6%
Adam Kokesh 77 7.6%
NOTA 8 0.8%
Write-ins (Various) 32 3%

*Write-Ins 32 (Amash 17, Sarwark 5, Vohra 3, Ardeleanu 2, Snowden 2, Stossel 1, Chafee 1, Boogie 1)

No candidate received a majority of delegate votes on the first ballot, leading to the next round of voting. Adam Kokesh was eliminated from the 2nd ballot.

2nd Ballot

2020 Libertarian Party Nomination for President of the United States 2nd Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)[15]
Name Votes Percent
Jo Jorgensen 339 32.98%
Jacob Hornberger 257 25%
Vermin Supreme 184 17.90%
John Monds 169 16.44%
Jim Gray 64 6.24%
NOTA 6 0.58%
Adam Kokesh (write-in) 6 0.58%
Write-ins (Various)* 3 0.3%

* Write-ins 3 (1 Amash, 1 Sarwark, 1 Perry)

No candidate received a majority of delegate votes on the second ballot, leading to the next round of voting. Jim Gray was eliminated from the 3rd ballot and endorsed Jo Jorgensen.

3rd Ballot

2020 Libertarian Party Nomination for President of the United States 3rd Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)[16]
Name Votes Percent
Jo Jorgensen 390 38.11%
Jacob Hornberger 264 25.73%
Vermin Supreme 188 18.32%
John Monds 174 16.86%
NOTA 7 0.68%
Write-ins (Various)* 3 0.3%

*Write-Ins 3 (Sarwark 1, Kokesh 1, Ebke 1)

No candidate received a majority of delegate votes on the third ballot, leading to the next round of voting. John Monds was eliminated from the 4th ballot and endorsed Jo Jorgensen.

4th Ballot

2020 Libertarian Party Nomination for President of the United States 4th Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)[17]
Name Votes Percent
Jo Jorgensen 524 51.07%
Jacob Hornberger 285 27.78%
Vermin Supreme 206 20.08%
NOTA 4 0.39%
Write-ins (Various)* 7 0.70%

*Write-Ins 7 (Sarwark 1, Kokesh 1, Ardeleanu 1, Monds 1, Graham 1, Ammens 1, Godzilla 1)

Jo Jorgensen was nominated with 51.07% of the ballot.

Vice-Presidential Nomination

Candidates

The Following candidates were nominated to be on the Vice-Presidential Ballot at the convention.[18]

Name Background State Campaign Announced Campaign Ended
Spike Cohen
(running mate of Vermin Supreme)
Muddied Waters Media Co-Owner South Carolina website 14 December 2019 [19] Nominated 24 May 20
John Monds 2014 Libertarian Party of Georgia Nominee for Public Service Commission, District 1
2010 Libertarian Party of Georgia nominee for Governor
Georgia website 23 May 2020 24 May 2020
eliminated on the 3rd Ballot- endorsed Spike Cohen
Ken Armstrong Former Executive
Former Honolulu County Neighborhood Board
Oregon website 29 April 2020[20] 24 May 20
eliminated on the 2nd Ballot-endorsed Spike Cohen
Adam Kokesh Anti-War Activist and Author
2018 Write-in Candidate for U.S. Senate from Arizona
Arizona website 24 May 20
(nominated)
24 May 2020
eliminated on the 1st Ballot
Other Declared Candidates
Name Background State Campaign Announced Campaign Ended
Zoltan Istvan Transhumanist and Futurist
2020 Candidate for the Republican nomination for President
California website 9 April 2020[21] 24 May 20
John McAfee
(running mate of Adam Kokesh)
Former CEO of McAfee Inc.
2016 Candidate for the Libertarian Presidential nomination
Tennessee website 4 March 2020[22] 24 May 20
Jeff Wood Libertarian Party of Michigan District 8 Representative
2018 Candidate for Libertarian Party of Michigan Gubernatorial Nomination
Michigan website 03 June 2018 24 May 20
Withdrew
Name Background State Campaign Announced Withdrew
Larry Sharpe
(running mate of Jim Gray)
2018 Libertarian nominee for Governor of New York
2016 Candidate for the Libertarian Vice-Presidential nomination
New York website 13 April 2020[23] 23 May 2020
Craig Bowden Author and Activist
2018 Libertarian Party of Utah nominee for United States Senate
Utah social media page 6 March 2020[24] 28 April 2020
(endorsed Spike Cohen)
John Phillips
(running mate of Kim Ruff)
Libertarian National Committee Region 6 Representative
Libertarian Party of Macon County Chair
Illinois website 06 July 2018 11 January 2020[25]

May 21 Vice-Presidential Debate

The following candidates received enough tokens to participate in the May 21 Vice-presidential debate.

Name Tokens (out of 915)
Larry Sharpe 335
Spike Cohen 247
Ken Armstrong 161
John McAfeea 26
John Mondsab 24

a. Did not participate

b. Running for president

Debates
Date Host/Moderator Location Candidates Media
21 May 20 Libertarian National Committee
Jim Turney (moderator)
Online Larry Sharpe
Ken Armstrong
Spike Cohen
video

1st Ballot

2020 Libertarian Party Nomination for Vice-President of the United States 1st Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)[26]
Name Votes Percent
Spike Cohen 416 40.6%
John Monds 322 31.5%
Ken Armstrong 180 17.6%
Adam Kokesh 87 8.5%
NOTA 7 0.7%
Write-ins (Various)* 12 1.1%

No candidate received a majority of delegate votes on the first ballot, leading to the next round of voting. Adam Kokesh was eliminated from the 2nd ballot.

2nd Ballot

2020 Libertarian Party Nomination for Vice-President of the United States 2nd Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)[27]
Name Votes Percent
Spike Cohen 474 46.2%
John Monds 432 42.1%
Ken Armstrong 96 0.9%
NOTA 12 0.01%
Write-ins (Various) 11 0.01%

No candidate received a majority of delegate votes on the second ballot, leading to the next round of voting. Ken Armstrong was eliminated from the 3rd ballot, and endorsed Spike Cohen.

3rd Ballot

2020 Libertarian Party Nomination for Vice-President of the United States 3rd Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)[28]
Name Votes Percent
Spike Cohen 533 52.15%
John Monds 472 46.18%
NOTA 10 0.98%
Write-ins (Various) 7 0.69%

Spike Cohen was nominated with 52.15% of the ballot.

LNC Candidates

The following are declared candidates for the Libertarian National Committee. The LNC elections are slated to take place at the physical portion of the 2020 convention.

None Of The Above is a valid candidate for all positions.[29]

LNC Chair

Name Background State
Joe Bishop-Henchman[30] LNC At-Large Representative
Libertarian Party of the District of Columbia Chair
Washington DC
Tony D'Orazio[31] Libertarian Party of New York Chair New York
Mike Shipley[32] Libertarian Party of Arizona 2nd Vice-Chair Arizona
Joshua Smith[33] LNC At-Large Representative California
Withdrew
Name Background State Withdrew
Todd Hagopian[34] Businessman Oklahoma 5 December 2019
Declined

LNC Vice-Chair

Name Background State
Richard Longstreth[36] LNC Region 1 Representative Arizona
Ken Moellman[37] former Libertarian Party of Kentucky Treasurer Kentucky
Declined

LNC Secretary

Name Background State
Caryn Ann Harlos[39] Incumbent LNC Secretary
former Region 1 Representative (2016-2018)
Colorado
Evan McMahon[40] Former LNC At-Large Representative
Development Director, Libertarian Party of Indiana
Indiana

Withdrew

Name Background State Withdrew
Brian Ellison[41] 2018 Libertarian Party of Michigan nominee for US House Michigan District 8
2018 Candidate for the Libertarian Party of Michigian nomination for US Senate
Michigan 6 June 2020[42]

Endorsements

For Caryn Ann Harlos

LNC Treasurer

Name Background State
Tim Hagan Incumbent LNC Treasurer
Libertarian Party of Nevada Treasurer
Nevada


LNC At-Large Representative

All five At-Large representative seats are up for election.

Name Background State
Henry Conoly[43] New Jersey
Sam Goldstein[44] LNC At-Large Representative Indiana
Jared Hall[45] ' Indiana
Erik Raudsep https://www.lpcaucus.org/otherlnc_2020 North Carolina
William Redpath[46] LNC At-Large Representative Illinois
Valerie Sarwark Southern New Hampshire Libertarian Party At-Large Officer New Hampshire
Paige Sexton[47] LNC Regional Alternate Tennessee
Boomer Shannon[48] ' California
Pietro S. Geraci[49] Orange County New York Libertarian Party Chair New York

LNC Region 1

Name Background State
Craig Bowden[50] former LNC Region 1 Alternate Representative Utah

LNC Region 8

See Region 8 Convention 2020.

National Platform Committee

National Bylaws Committee

Convention Videos

May 22, 2020
May 23, 2020 Part One
May 23, 2020 Part Two
May 24, 2020 Part One
May 24, 2020 Part Two

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  3. elected to Judicial Committee
  4. already elected Secretary
  5. already elected Vice Chair
  6. elected to LNC at large
  7. elected to LNC at large
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