One year, two percent, and thirty-three thousand votes

Municipal elections are in two days, November 5, 2019, and we ask you to vote. The deadline for Libertarians to file their candidate papers for 2020 state and congressional contests is in 131 days, on March 13, 2020, and we ask you to run for office. But, in 366 days, it is the 2020 presidential election which can return Libertarians to Iowa’s political party designation, and we need your full-out support to obtain the required 2% of the vote. Help us as a volunteer, as a financial supporter, and as a voter as we work to help the Libertarian candidate for president receive at least 33,000 votes throughout Iowa on November 3, 2020.

We want more votes, but from past elections, it is estimated at least 33,0000 Iowans will need to cast their ballots for the Libertarian presidential candidate in November 2020 for the state party to be recognized as a political party by the State of Iowa. This is important as it gives the Libertarian Party of Iowa more opportunities to place candidates on ballots in special elections and after the primary election. It also gives more opportunities for Libertarians to be at the table when campaign and election guidelines are set. Currently, the LPIA is considered a Non-Party Political Organization. Our candidate at the top of the ticket (president) needs to receive at least 2% of the vote for the LPIA to be a political party.

We need your vote, your family member’s vote, your neighbor’s vote, and the vote of the person you have yet to meet. With Polk County being the most populous county in Iowa, the turnout for and support of the Libertarian candidate for president, and candidates for state and county offices, needs to be strong in Polk County. One year may seem to be far enough away that there is no need to get involved, yet. It is not.

Polk County Libertarians will caucus on Saturday, February 8, 2020, (in 97 days). Then on Saturday, February 29, 2020, the Libertarian Party of Iowa will hold its state convention. The convention will be held in Polk County. In May of 2020, the national Libertarian Party will hold its convention and nominate the party’s candidates for president and vice president. These are the “big” dates, along with November 3, 2020.

The election will succeed from all the outreach and education we do on the “small” dates. These are those community events where we have booths and/or walk in parades. These are meetings where Libertarians can discuss their candidates and philosophy, including regular meetings of the Polk County Libertarians, as well as events hosted by non-profits. These are presentations to high school classes, civic organizations, and social groups. These all take volunteers to help us communicate and financial supporters to help pay for entry fees, handouts, and informational material.

Polk County Libertarians will hold monthly meetings on Tuesdays, November 26, 2019, and December 17, 2019, from 6-8 pm, at the Urbandale Public Library. We will be discussing events in which to participate during 2020, as well as candidates for county, state, and national offices. These meetings are opportunities for you to become more involved. You do not need to attend meetings to help the party, though. Let us know if you are interested in working a booth or walking in a parade. Donate to the Polk County Libertarians. Sign up for our electronic newsletter, share our social media posts, talk with people you know about the party.

We need you on November 3, 2019, and we need you on November 3, 2020. Take the next step now to support the Polk County Libertarians. Take the step in one year and vote Libertarians. Thank you.

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