Postponed: Proposed Convention Agenda and Rules

Postponed: Proposed Convention Agenda and Rules

Convention Rules Governed By Bylaws

Link to the April 2020 Michigan Libertarian

The Libertarian Party of Michigan Convention has Been Postponed

Libertarian Party of Michigan
Spring National Delegate Selection State Convention
Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids
March 14, 2020


Registration 8:00 AM
Morning session (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

  1. Credentials report. 5 minutes
  2. Open floor for additional state convention nominations. 10 minutes
  3. Approval of Agenda. 5 minutes
  4. Adoption of Convention rules. 5 minutes
  5. Approval of Previous Convention Minutes. 5 minutes
  6. Officer reports. 40 minutes
  7. Presentation: Running for public office in 2020 / affiliate responsibilities. 20 minutes
  8. Supreme Court pre-endorsement. 10 minutes
  9. Selection of Replacement LEC officers / caucus by Congressional District. 20 minutes
  10. Platform. 20 minutes
  11. Resolutions. 20 minutes
  12. Open floor. 20 minutes

Luncheon Break (12:00 PM -1:00 PM)

Afternoon session (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

  1. Presidential candidates (15 minutes each).  2 hours, 30 minutes
  2. National delegate nominations. 30 minutes
  3. National delegate voting.  15 minutes
  4. Open floor. 35 minutes
  5. Straw Poll results announcements. 5 minutes
  6. National delegate results. 5 minutes
  7. Adjournment at 5:00 p.m.

 Meeting of the Libertarian Executive Committee immediately following convention

LibertyFest Awards Banquet begins at 6:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM.

Dinner (6:00 PM)
Awards (7:00 PM)
Keynote Speaker: Shikha Dalmia, Senior Analyst, Reason Foundation (7:30 PM)




National Delegate Selection Convention
March 14, 2020
Eberhard Center – Grand Rapids

 Rule 1. The Credentials Committee, directly after the opening of the first business meeting, shall report the number of delegates registered as present with proper credentials, and will make a supplementary report at the beginning of each session that business continues.

Rule 2. The success or failure of any motion will be based on the number of delegates present and voting on that question.

Rule 3. To facilitate identification in the assembly hall, delegates are required to wear the badge issued by the Credentials Committee upon registration

Rule 4. No member may speak in debate more than once on the same question on the same day, or longer than two minutes, without permission of the convention granted by a two-thirds vote without debate; except as outlined in these rules under Committee of the Whole.

Rule 5. A motion to divide in exception to the decision of the Chair on any vote shall require 10 members to stand for such count to occur.

Rule 6. The following rule applies to the nomination and election of national convention delegates and alternates:

  1. As provided by the Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) Bylaws, “the chair shall be a Michigan delegate and shall serve as head of the Michigan delegation.”
  2. As provided by the Bylaws of the national LP, the LPM may select the chair as a delegate, plus 33 additional delegates, and up to 34 alternates, to the 2020 Libertarian National Convention.
  3. Candidates for delegate or alternate may self-nominate, or be nominated by another. If present, a candidate shall self-nominate, to give others an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the candidate.
  4. Each nominator shall not be allowed to speak more than 30 seconds.
  5. Voting shall be on a single ballot listing all candidates nominated, and each voter may cast a vote for up to 33 different candidates for delegate and 34 different candidates for alternate.
  6. A candidate must receive a vote equal to at least a majority of the ballots cast for that office, in order to be elected.
  7. If more than 33 candidates for delegate receive a majority vote, those receiving the most votes will serve and the others will become ranked alternates in order of the votes they received. These alternates will take precedence over those who ran for and were elected as alternates, who will also be ranked in order of the votes received.

 Rule 7. The Convention will adjourn at 5:00 pm unless 2/3rds of the delegates vote to extend.

 Rule 8. All motions, resolutions, reports and other material for the permanent record or printed proceedings must be typed hand-printed, or electronically submitted and immediately on presentation, be given to the Recording Secretary.

 Rule 9. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised will govern the convention in all cases to which they are applicable unless such rule conflicts with the bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Michigan or these standing rules.

Link to the April 2020 Michigan Libertarian