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Libertarian Party Process
Libertarian Party Bylaws
ARTICLE 13: CONVENTIONS
- Regular Conventions: The Party shall hold a Regular
Convention every two years, at a time and place selected by the
National Committee. Regular Conventions shall be held sometime during
the period of July of an odd-numbered year through August of an
even-numbered year. All business required to be conducted at Regular
Conventions shall be conducted at Regular Conventions only.
- Non-Regular Conventions: In any year which does not include a
Regular Convention, a non-regular convention may be held at the
discretion of the National Committee.
- Delegates shall be required to be members of either the Party
or an affiliate party. At all Regular Conventions delegates shall be
those so accredited who have registered at the Convention. At all
Non-Regular Conventions, any person who wishes to attend may do
- Any federal or state law to the contrary notwithstanding,
delegates to a Regular Convention shall be selected by a method adopted
by each affiliate party; provided however, that only members of the
Party as defined in these Bylaws, or members of the affiliate party as
defined in the constitution or bylaws of such affiliate party, shall be
eligible to vote for the selection of delegates to a Regular
- Affiliate Party Delegate Entitlements: Each affiliate party
shall be entitled to send delegates to each Regular Convention on the
- One delegate for each 0.1 percent, or fraction thereof, of the
total Party membership in that affiliate; provided that at least one
such delegate must be a resident of that State or District.
- One delegate for each 0.25 percent, or fraction thereof, of
the votes cast nationwide for the Libertarian Party candidate in the
most recent presidential election, cast in that affiliate's state.
- Delegate Allocation: In order to be counted for delegate
allocation, membership applications must be sent to the National
Headquarters by either the individual member or the affiliate party and
received or postmarked no later than the last day of the seventh month
prior to the Regular Convention. The Secretary shall make a count of
the members qualified under the requirements set forth here and shall
compute the delegate allocations for the affiliate parties.
Notification of the membership totals and allocation totals shall be
sent by the Secretary to the Chair of each affiliate party no later
than the last day of the sixth month prior to a Regular Convention.
A list of the names and addresses of all delegates and alternates
chosen by each affiliate party shall be sent to the National
Headquarters no later than one month prior to start of the first
general session of the Regular Convention. Amendments to such lists
may be made by the affiliate parties until the close of the Credentials
Committee meeting preceding the Convention. The number of alternates'
names submitted shall not exceed the greater of 50 or the number of
delegates allocated. Failure to submit a listing of delegate/alternate
names and addresses, as prescribed within these Bylaws, shall cause no
delegation to be registered from that affiliate party.