Libertarians Caucus February 8, 2020

With so much media coverage on those other caucuses, we have heard from Libertarians who are confused about when and where to caucus. Iowa Libertarians will caucus on Saturday, February 8, 2020. We will hold a presidential preference poll, elect leadership for the county party, talk about the upcoming elections in November, and just get to say ‘hi’ to each other.

Polk County Libertarians will caucus at the East Side Library, 2559 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines. Due to logistical necessities, the Polk County caucus is starting an hour later than other counties. Our caucus will start at 2:00 p.m., with sign-in/registration starting at 1:40 p.m. You must be registered to vote in Polk County with a Libertarian affiliation. You may register to vote or change your affiliation at the caucus.

One Democratic presidential candidate may feel as though he should be a Libertarian after a pollster failed to identify him by name in a poll. Unlike when Libertarians complain about being omitted in polls, though, this time the Des Moines Register and its polling partners, CNN and Mediacom, withheld the poll, because omitting the candidate’s name might have swayed the results.

The Libertarian Party of Iowa will be using the lpedia list of Libertarian candidates for the presidential nomination for the caucus voting. We encourage you to check out the list and visit the candidates’ websites and social media. Libertarians also include NOTA on ballots, allowing voters to select None of the Above. Individuals may speak at the caucus in favor of a candidate, but voting will be by secret ballot.

There is a virtual option for the caucus, but we encourage Polk Libertarians to participate in person. The caucuses will be important to the county party as Libertarians must file their nomination papers for state and county offices in March this year. As a result of a law passed last year in the Iowa legislature, the Libertarians will not have an opportunity to add candidates in the summer. Thus, the caucus will be an important opportunity for candidates to gather signatures and collect volunteers for their campaigns. (We have a list of offices in Polk County that will be on the November 3, 2020, ballot on this blog site. Just scroll down the list of posts. There are plenty of options if you are considering a run for office.)

For more information on the Libertarian caucuses, as well as information on the state convention to be held in Des Moines at the end of February, please visit the LPIA at Facebook.com/lpiowa.

We look forward to seeing you on February 8th – and having a strong turnout for the presidential preference poll.

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