Happy Birthday Mr. President....
As most are aware by now according to the short form Certification Of Life Birth from Hawaii records the date and time of President Barack Hussein Obama Jr. at 19:24 on this day in 1961. He will be 48 in an hour or so. Let them eat cake and drink some beer!
We have slowed down as far as written posts and readership goes this year but I wanted to take a moment and thank our loyal patrons and party members for your dedication. This year has been one of rest and preparation for the very important 2010 Election Cycle. We have several interesting things coming down the pike in the next couple of months as we approach the 2010 cycle.
The 2010 Election Cycle
This next mid term election cycle is very important to all Americans, especially Libertarians. Why? Because the results of the Indiana Secretary of State's race determines whether or not we are a major or a minor party and whether or not we have actual ballot access in the State of Indiana, without having to go through a petition drive for each candidate that we put forward for your consideration.
We need your votes to fight for you and do what is right in Local, State, and National government policy. By achieving 10% of the vote in the SOS race in Indiana we get elevated to major party status and then have hundreds of appointments to local boards and commissions come our way and then we can make an even greater impact in keeping government both transparent and small and allow you the citizen to have greater discretion in your day to day lives and choices. The 2010 Election Cycle is your chance to shake things up just a little bit more, it is time to choose not just the lesser of two evils but to make the right decision for your Country's future and consider voting Libertarian even once just to deny the status quo and to voice your disgust with the game of politics as usual.
Voting Center Steering/Advisory Committee Appointment
We were notified last month by the Allen County Election Board that our Party was able to appoint one person to sit on the new Committee which will help establish and facilitate the Voting Center Initiatives that will streamline the 146 of the County's 301 precinct specific voting locations down to 40 larger, centralized Vote Centers throughout the County. Robert Enders, LPAC's Chair, will be making his final decision on that appointment either before or during the August meeting. I would like to personally thank the Allen County Election Board for making the Libertarian Party of Allen County a part of the conversation and implementation of this new policy and plan.
Kevin Leininger of The News Sentinel reported on the plan too. Here is a synopsis of the article:
Beth Dlug, Allen County's Director of Elections, has presented a plan that would replace 146 of the polling places with 40 “vote centers” open to all registered county voters regardless of address. Although the change would require approval by the General Assembly which means it wont be in place until 2010 at least she would like to start the planning now. Even though some are concerned that the new Vote Centers would require residents to travel farther, she believes that carpooling can alleviate that issue as neighbors and friends will be able to go to the same place to vote regardless of their home address versus their work location. This in turn would also reduce the overhead for political parties to fund “get out the vote” programs and reduce the amount of locations candidate materials have to be dropped off at.
Kevin's article goes on to establish that the facts and principles that guide this decision and process are sound:
"1. Each vote center must have room for at least 20 machines and 50 parking spaces.
2. Machines would be programmed...to display candidates from any area of the county.
3. Reduction in places would allow the election board to hold about 50 poll workers in reserve on Election Day, sending them wherever necessary to meet voter demand.
4. To get a “head start” on the process, Dlug said she hopes to establish several early-voting satellite locations in 2010, in addition to the early votes accepted at the election board office in the City-County Building."
A brochure that introduces you to LPAC, and what we stand for...YOU!
It took a year and a half and a lot of hard work, but it is done! Shortly after Labour Day you will notice a large trifold brochure at certain locations throughout Fort Wayne and all of Allen County introducing and welcoming you, your family and friends, and neighbors to become involved in the Libertarian Party of Allen County and help make a difference in the way government is run in Allen County. I would like to thank personally John Good of Left In Aboite for allowing us to use his picture from the Three Rivers Festival a couple years ago for part of this brochure.
The Business Meetings are set 3 months in advance
It has taken a few attempts and we finally put some grease to the wheels, but for the last three months we have gotten back to a standard meeting time and place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. The August meeting will be on 19th @ Allen Co. Public Library Main Branch from 7-8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room C (which is just kitty corner across from the Webster Street entrance) doors open @ 6:30. We look forward to seeing a lot of you there and we will have some form of snackage there. September through the November Business Meetings will be set before that date and as always posted at the top of this blog. For your information, we typically do not have a formal meeting in December because of Seasonal/Holiday obligations and weather issues if anything does occur it is a social gathering or planning session only.
Other opportunities to join in the fun!
We are also discussing having a monthly meetup or social gathering, during the first week of each month, where debates and educational opportunities on Libertarian philosophy and principles can be explained and their application within local government opportunities and issues discussed either in small groups or a lecture/discussion format and with an occasional guest speaker. We want you to get involved in your Community and your Government these forums will also assist with providing information and resources to that end.
Secondly we are floating around some other ideas for both advertising and getting our message out into the Community. There are several Committees that you can join to assist the Libertarian Party of Allen County in that endeavor, just contact any Officer to find out more information after the Business Meeting or one of our Social Gatherings.
We have a FACEBOOK group page?
I recently found out about and am in the process of taking over LPAC's FACEBOOK group page. Please be patient as this transition process takes time and it will be updated as soon as I get editorial control switched over to me, apparently there is a bug in the system. Until we do get the quirks worked out feel free to join the group and show your support as we transition this information outlet and social networking resource to better serve you.
Thank you for reading and remember to stand for Liberty!
MRev. Kenneth White, Jnr.