Libertarian National Convention to be held May 27 – 30 in Orlando

For Immediate Release Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Convention theme: #LegalizeFreedom

LP nat'l convention 2016 logo - 'legalize freedom' WASHINGTON, D.C. — All eyes will be on the Libertarian Party National Convention from May 26 through May 30 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. With the theme, ‘Legalize Freedom,’ the convention will draw delegates from across the country to select the candidate who will challenge the Republican and Democratic nominees, whose front-runners are both candidates with the lowest approval ratings ever to represent their respective parties.

‘The Libertarian Party is poised to have a breakout year,’ said LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark, ‘in an election when the two old parties are putting up candidates with some of the poorest public-opinion numbers in any modern election. In light of voters’ extreme disillusionment, I anticipate this will be one of our most exciting conventions ever.’

Key events include:

  • Convention will open with a reception on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 P.M.
  • Business session will be called to order on Friday morning, May 27, the agenda to include the party’s Bylaws and Platform Committees’ reports.
  • A vice-presidential debate will be held on Friday evening at 7:00 P.M.
  • Presidential nominations will start approximately 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 28.
  • A televised presidential debate will be held on Saturday evening at 8:00 P.M.
  • Delegates will select the presidential nominee on Sunday morning, May 29, followed by the vice-presidential nominations and election.
  • Sunday evening will feature the presidential reception at 7:00 P.M. and banquet at 8:00 P.M.
  • The business session will conclude on Monday, May 30.

A detailed schedule is available here.

‘Right now I’m expecting up to 1,000 delegates to be seated at the convention; every day our count is increasing,’ Sarwark remarked. ‘No matter which candidate the delegates choose to nominate, he or she will be the only candidate on every single American voter’s ballot running on a platform of supporting their right to live their life in any way they want, as long as they don’t hurt anyone else and don’t take their stuff.’

Click here to learn how the Libertarian Party selects its presidential and VP nominees.

The Libertarian Party was founded in 1972, and is today the third largest political party in the United States. Millions of Americans have voted for Libertarian Party candidates in elections throughout the country, despite the fact that many state governments place roadblocks in order to keep alternative parties’ candidates off the ballot and deprive voters of a real choice.

Additional information about the convention is located at . For guest rooms in the area (the Rosen Centre has sold out), click here .

Members of the press who plan to attend this event are requested to visit the convention web site to obtain additional information and to request press credentials .