By Greg Stempfle
The Libertarian Party of Michigan held its rescheduled national delegate selection convention on April 4th via Zoom video conference. This convention had previously been scheduled for March 14 in Grand Rapids but was postponed due to the corona virus outbreak. Planning for this event became a technical challenge as we navigated our way through a Zoom video conference and a separate polling platform. Most of the things we planned for went smoothly, a few others did not, and the usual unexpected problems happened as expected.
With the Zoom video conferencing platform, we successfully:
Congratulations to the new LEC officers; District 2-Andrew Hall, District 4- Will Tyler White, District 5-James Harris, District 6-Shane Allen, and District 13-Andrew Chadderdon. There was a new vacancy in District 10 but technical problems prevented them from electing a new rep, however the LEC appointed Jim Fulner to this position at its April 19 LEC meeting.
Using the LimeSurvey polling platform, we successfully:
Below are the results of each of the three polls we conducted.
|Lisa Lane Gioia||Bill Gelineau||Tim Yow|
|Nepomuceno||Clair Gelineau||Andrew Hall|
|Nathan Hewer||Emily Salvette||Ben Reisterer|
|Andrew Chadderdon||Dana Carver||Wendi Parker|
|Ben Carr||Norm Peterson||Paul Vainer|
|Mike Saliba||Daniel Ziemba||Scotty Boman|
|Bill Hall||Larry Johnson||James Hudler|
|Eric Larson||Donna Gelineau||Matt Karshis|
|Jamie Lewis||Richard Hewer||Jay Gillotte|
|Vicki Hall||Katie Nepton||Jeff Pittel|
|Bob Broda||Patty Malowney||Ryan Roberts|
|Donna Gundle Kreig||t13. Joe Hartman||t31. Shane Allen|
|t2. Griffin Hall||t17. Jim Fulner||t31. Jami Van Alstine|
|t2. Alexander Avery||t17. Brian Ellison||t33. Brenden Ellison|
|t2. Lawrence Ludlow||t17. Cat Filus||t33. Matthew Doak|
|t2. Luke Sciberras||t17. Todd Baker||t33. Rodger Young|
|t6. Aaron Miranov||t21. Jeff Wood||36. Ron Acton|
|t6. Andy Evans||t21. James Weeks||t37. James Peace|
|t6. Pete Biskupski||t21. Frederick Horndt||t37. Samantha Allen|
|t9. Thomas Scott||t21. Will White||39. David Holmer|
|t9. Leonard Schwartz||t21. Tim Orzechowski||t40. James Harris|
|t9. Luke Retterath||t21. Jim Dondero||t40. Brett Cashman|
|Greg Creswell||t27. Breanna Ellison||42. Michael Hackman|
|t13. Marcy Larson||t27. John Jascob||43. Shain Learner|
|t13. Nathan Mahn||t27. Morgan Johnston||44. Brandon Warzybok|
|t13. Roderic Dolega||30. Loel Gnadt|
Note 1: There are 11 ties in the alternate list. In fact, more people are tied than not tied. The LEC will ultimately be responsible for determining tie breakers, however we will not make any decisions until after the plans for the National Convention have been announced and all delegates have had time to reassess their options.
Note 2: There were a few typos on the ballot which have been corrected on the list above but not in the results spreadsheet in order to preserve the names as they appeared on the ballot.
Kerry Morgan 81 91.0% endorsed
Katherine Nepton 75 84.3% endorsed
None of the Above 3 3.4% not endorsed
Total Votes 159
Ballots Cast 89
Note: This is just an endorsement. The actual nomination will be made at our July 18, 2020 state convention in Gaylord.
The results of ranked choice elections are not so straightforward to report. It took seven rounds of ballot preferences before someone achieved a majority. The final preference was…
Jacob Hornberger 33 53.2%
Justin Amash (write-in) 23 37.1%
None of the Above 6 9.7%
The last candidate to be dropped before anyone received a majority was Vermin Supreme.
The results were calculated using two different methods, both of which produced the same result. In the final round there were 19 exhausted ballots, if “none of the above” was counted as a candidate and eliminated after round one. If “none of the above” was allowed to reappear on each round of balloting, as it would play out at a convention, there would be 13 exhausted ballots and 6 votes for “none of the above”. The results using both methodologies as well as raw results are included in the linked spreadsheet. Please feel free to check our math! I would to thank Hugh McNichol IV from RankMiVote for his assistance with this tabulation.
Link to “LPM Convention LimeSurvey results 2020-04-04.xlsx”
During credentialing, our attempt to live stream the convention to Facebook caused the platform to crash. However, the convention was recorded and posted to YouTube the following day.
The convention was called to order at 12:31 pm EDT and adjourned at 5:11 pm for a total time in session of 4 hours 40 minutes. The video recording begins 3 minutes after the convention was called to order, right after Nick Sarwark was given the floor.