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2020 Libertarian National Convention

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2020 Libertarian National Convention
2020 presidential election
JW Marriott Austin July 2015.JPG
The JW Marriott Downtown Austin Luxury Hotel in Austin, Texas will be the site of the 2020 Libertarian National Convention.
Date(s)May 21–25, 2020
CityAustin, Texas
VenueJW Marriott Austin[1]
ChairDaniel Hayes
Keynote speakerLarry Sharpe
Total delegates1,046 delegates[2]
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The 2020 Libertarian National Convention will be an event in which delegates of the U.S. Libertarian Party will choose the party's nominees for president and vice president in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The convention will be held from May 21–25, 2020, at the JW Marriott Downtown Austin Luxury Hotel in Austin, Texas.[3][4]

Nominations and balloting

Chairman election

Libertarian National Committee At-Large representative Joshua Smith is again running for the position.[5] Incumbent LNC chairman Nicholas Sarwark has not formally announced his intention to run for the position again.

Vice-chairman election

Incumbent LNC vice chair Alex Merced has indicated that he will not be running for re-election.[6]


The "Libersign", adopted as the Libertarian Party emblem in 1972.
The "Libersign", adopted as the Libertarian Party emblem in 1972.

In early 2019, the Libertarian Party held a contest, allowing members to decide the 2020 convention theme, charging $5 a vote.[7] On April 11, it was announced that the winning theme was "TANSTAAFL",[8] an acronym for "There Ain't No Such Thing As a Free Lunch", a libertarian economic concept popularized by American writer Robert Heinlein and subsequently Chicagoan school economist Milton Friedman.[9] The phrase was also embodied in the Libertarian Party's first logo, adopted in 1972, in an image known as the "Libersign".[10]

The second place theme was Ancapistan, an anarcho-capitalist utopia. Ancapistan, although controversial within the Party, was number one for many weeks during the contest, until in the final remaining hours leading up to midnight it was outspent by a few supporters of TANSTAAFL.

The theme contest raked in $24,007 for the LP to gear towards convention expenses.[8]

Convention speakers

Planned speakers

According to the convention website, the following notable people are scheduled speakers:[11]


Black Guns Matter founder and 2019 candidate for Philadelphia City Council At-Large Maj Toure was initially chosen to be the convention's keynote speaker. However, in November 2019, convention chairman Daniel Hayes rescinded Toure's invitation, pointing to tweets perceived as transphobic and anti-immigrant.[12] Larry Sharpe, host of The Sharpe Way and 2018 Libertarian candidate for New York Governor was later selected to replace Toure as keynote speaker.[13]

Delegate allocation

Delegates to the convention will be allocated based on the number of sustaining members of the national Libertarian Party per state, as well as the percentage of the vote cast by state in the 2016 presidential election for Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson. Delegates will vote for changes to the national party's platform and bylaws, on members of the Libertarian National Committee and on the party's 2020 presidential and vice-presidential nominees.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "2020 Libertarian National Convention". 2020 LNC Convention.
  2. ^ 2020 Libertarian National Convention – Austin, Texas | Notification of Delegate Allocations
  3. ^ Winger, Richard (December 11, 2017) "Libertarian Party Sets Location and Date of 2020 Presidential Convention". Ballot Access News. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  4. ^ Bryce, Tim (May 12, 2019). "The 2020 Election Schedule starts soon". NewsTalk Florida. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Bentley, Robert J. (January 10, 2020). "Profiles in Libertarianism: Joshua Smith, Candidate for Chair of the Libertarian Party". The Liberty Herald. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "Am I running for re-election as LNC Vice-Chair?". January 26, 2020. Retrieved January 27, 2020 – via
  7. ^ Harper, Jennifer (April 4, 2019). "Crafty: The 1% Democrats take over the presidential race". The Washington Times. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Convention Theme Contest WINNER!". April 11, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  9. ^ Safire, William On Language; Words Left Out in the Cold" New York Times, 2-14-1993 [1]
  10. ^ "LPNews – December 2011".
  11. ^ "2020 Speakers | 2020 LNC Convention". Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  12. ^ Brennan, Chris; Seidman, Andrew (November 15, 2019). "Maj Toure exits the Libertarian Party in controversy after a failed bid for City Council". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "We are pleased to announce that the Keynote speaker for the 2020 Libertarian National Convention will be Larry Sharpe". Retrieved November 17, 2019 – via
  14. ^ "LP News 2017-3 (June)" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-09-16.

External links

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