CanISign.org: Franklin County Libertarian Candidates have new tool to verify voter eligibility for petitioning!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new candidate petitioning tool:

 CanISign.org

This is a voter validation tool using up-to-date voter records from the Ohio Secretary of State website.

Candidates and voters can easily verify if a voter record is eligible to sign the minor part candidate petition.

All they need is last name, street name the county from the pull down, the online tool check the database, brings back a list of possible matches and lets you pick the right one. 

This is checking all primaries in the voter record back to 2022, so even if someone forgets, we can be certain.

The tool is up-to-date with full voter data for all 88 Ohio counties, and can be found at CanISign.org and CanISign.com.

This will tremendously simplify the odious petitioning process.

Please feel free to share this resources with anyone who needs to confirm unaffiliated and independent votes.

Check if you can sign the Minor Party Nominating Petitions!

The Libertarian Party of Ohio has filed to regain ballot access and that gives our candidates until July 18th to collect valid voter signatures to qualify for this upcoming November Election!

If you have not voted in a partisan primary in the last 2 years, qualifying you as an unaffiliated voter, you can sign Libertarian candidate petitions and get them on the ballot!

Ohio state-wide and local Libertarian candidates need your help!

Check and see if you can sign the Ohio Minor Party Candidate Nominating Petition!

Franklin County Libertarian Candidates,

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new candidate petitioning tool:

 CanISign.org

This is a voter validation tool using up-to-date voter records from the Ohio Secretary of State website.

Candidates and voters can easily verify if a voter record is eligible to sign the minor party candidate nominating petition.

All they need is last name, street name, the county from the pull down, the online tool check the public voter records, brings back a list of possible matches and lets you pick the right one. 

This is checking all primaries in the voter record back to 2022, so even if someone forgets, we can be certain.

The tool is up-to-date with full voter data for all 88 Ohio counties, and can be found at CanISign.org and CanISign.com.

This will tremendously simplify the odious petitioning process.

Please feel free to share this resources with anyone who needs to confirm unaffiliated and independent votes.

Signatures Needed for Candidate Petitions!

The Libertarian Party of Ohio has filed to regain ballot access and that gives our candidates until July 18th to collect valid voter signatures to qualify for this upcoming November Election!

If you have not voted in a partisan primary in the last 2 years, qualifying you as an unaffiliated voter, you can sign Libertarian candidate petitions and get them on the ballot!

County party members and candidates will be at Pins Mechanical at Easton Town Center Thursday, July 11th at 6:30pm.
Drop by, sign petitions and celebrate our return to the ballot!

We will have state-wide, county and state representative candidate petitions to sign. If you are not sure of your district, we can look it up!

Thursday, July 11th @ 6:30pm – 9pm

Pins Mechanical Co
4117 Worth Ave, Columbus, OH 43219

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Libertarian Party of Ohio Submits Petitions for Minor Party Status

Columbus, Ohio, July 2nd — The Franklin County Libertarian Party of Ohio proudly announces the submission of petitions to attain minor party status for the upcoming election cycle and beyond. This pivotal step demonstrates the party’s commitment to expanding voter choice and advocating for libertarian principles in Franklin County.

In accordance with state regulations, the Libertarian Party of Ohio has diligently collected and filed 88,000 petition signatures from registered voters across the state. These petitions are essential for the party’s bid to achieve official recognition as a minor party, enabling it to field candidates and participate fully in the electoral process.

“We are excited to have completed this crucial phase in our journey towards securing minor party status,” said Jonathan Cowan. “Submitting the minor party petitions represents a significant milestone for our party and reinforces our dedication to offering voters alternative political options that prioritize individual liberty, fiscal responsibility, and limited government.”

Achieving minor party status will allow the Franklin County Libertarian Party to bring forth a diverse slate of candidates who embody libertarian values and address the concerns of local communities. The party remains committed to promoting transparency, accountability, and effective governance through its participation in the democratic process.

As the petitions undergo review by each county Board of Elections, the Franklin County Libertarian Party continues to engage with residents, raise awareness about its platform, and prepare for the upcoming election season. The party encourages residents to learn more about its candidates, initiatives, and commitment to advancing principles of liberty and personal responsibility.

For more information about the Franklin County Libertarian Party of Ohio and its efforts to secure minor party status, please visit fclpo.org.


Contact: Ken Holpp, Communications Director, info@fclpo.org

About the Franklin County Libertarian Party of Ohio: The Franklin County Libertarian Party of Ohio is dedicated to promoting individual liberty, fiscal responsibility, and limited government through its advocacy and electoral efforts. By seeking minor party status, the party aims to provide voters with additional choices and contribute to a more robust and diverse political landscape in Franklin County.

County Party Election

The Franklin County Libertarian Party of Ohio will be conducting a County Party Election on Tuesday, May 21st from 7pm to 8pm.

The roles for County Party Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and 3 At-Large spots will be open for nominations and election.

649 High Street, unit C-2 Worthington (W New England Ave Entrance) See photo, entrance is in tunnel under the building on W New England Ave.

Regarding candidate qualifications and requirements.

Bylaw C – Internal officer and delegate qualifications

Section 1. No person may receive endorsement or vote on any motion, resolution, nomination, or internal election at any caucus, convention, meeting, or conference of the Party who does not affirm the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution, Bylaws, and Guiding Principles of the Libertarian Party of Ohio.

Section 2. No person may be eligible for elected office within the Party who is an active officer, candidate, or elected official of another political party within the 30 days prior to such an election.

Section 3. No person may be eligible for elected office within the Party who cannot affirm the following pledge “I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals.”

If you wish to be considered as a candidate for any of the roles open for election please contact the County Party Secretary.

FCLPO By-Laws

649 High Street, unit C-2 Worthington (W New England Ave Entrance) See photo, entrance is in tunnel under the building on W New England Ave.

📣 Franklin County 📣 Local Government Conference

Join Special Guest Cara Schulz, Mayor Cassaundra Fryman and Comedian Travis Irvine to discuss “participatory budgeting”, building community focused organizations and running for local office!

Lunch is on us! Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly!

Date: Sat 03/23/2024 12am to 4pm

Location: Blacklick Woods Golf Course 

7309 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH, 43068

About Participatory Budgeting

Originally developed in Porto Alegre, Brazil, participatory budgeting is a mechanism to directly involve the community in the budgeting of their tax dollars, now found in many communities worldwide.

Currently adopted by the City of Burnsville, MN and under active exploration by the City of Minneapolis, MN, the concept provides residents and property owners a method to direct a portion of municipal budget.

“Under plan, Burnsville property owners would be able to choose where some tax dollars go

From the Star Tribune “Under plan, Burnsville property owners would be able to choose where some tax dollars go

The city is working to implement “participatory budgeting,” which allows residents to vote on spending for some public projects. 

https://www.startribune.com/burnsville-property-owners-will-be-able-to-choose-where-some-tax-dollars-go/600302514/

From the City of Burnsville “Originally developed in Porto Alegre, Brazil, participatory budgeting is a mechanism to directly involve the community in the budgeting of their tax dollars, now found in many communities worldwide. City Council is currently exploring participatory budgeting and you are invited to be a part of the conversation.” https://www.burnsvillemn.gov/participatorybudgeting

From the City of Minneapolis “Participatory budgeting is a set of practices and methodologies to increase democracy in budgeting. Elements of participatory budgeting are currently used by thousands of local governments, public agencies, and other organizations around the world. Participatory budgeting has the potential to increase civic participation by marginalized residents and communities, build relationships, strengthen government credibility, and increase investment in innovative projects. There is an opportunity to integrate participatory budgeting practices into the Minneapolis budget process as the city shifts to a biannual budget and the Council reviews and revises the Budget Committee workplan.” https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/RCA/11780

https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/Download/RCAV2/33954/Participatory-Budgeting-Overview-and-Introduction.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Learn more: https://www.participatorybudgeting.org


Special Guest Speaker Cara Schulz will present on “participatory budgeting”, the concept of local government putting aside a portion of the municipal budget for residents to direct based on direct voting. 
Running for Local Office – Travis Irvine 
Building Community Focused Organizations – Mayor Cassaundra Fryman

Date: Sat 03/23/2024 12am to 4pm

Location: Blacklick Woods Golf Course

7309 E Livingston Ave

Reynoldsburg, OH, 43068

Learn more about facility: https://ohfranklinctyweb.myvscloud.com/webtrac/web/iteminfo.html?Module=FR&FMID=2531811

Learn more: https://www.fclpo.org/%f0%9f%93%a3-save-the-date-franklin-county-libertarian-local-government-conference-%f0%9f%93%a3/

About Cara Schulz – City Council Member, City of Burzville, MN. Cara is a dedicated liberty activist involved with a variety of causes in and around her city. Cara is an Air Force veteran who does a wonderful job covering a variety of policy topics [that] …we think are practical, effective messages for citizens of any city.

https://caraschulz.com

About Cassaundra Fryman – Mayor, Plymouth, Ohio. Cassaundra is focused on fostering stronger ties in both counties we call home, building a network that strengthens our community and becomes a pipeline for more resources and opportunities.

https://www.plymouthoh.org/index.asp?SEC=D0CAC26C-5B1C-4747-A8BE-83EDD7566B8C&DE=E22C7BD2-2CF2-436A-8962-601ADAA7E26D

About Travis Irvine – Comedian, journalist, filmmaker, 2018 Libertarian Party of Ohio candidate for Governor of Ohio.

https://twitter.com/travisirvineusa?lang=en

Lunch catered by Pitabilities https://www.pitabilities.com/catering

The Franklin County Local Government Conference is presented by the Franklin County Libertarians, with support from The Gahanna Foundation

Learn more about facility

The Franklin County Local Government Conference is presented by the Franklin County Libertarians, with support from The Gahanna Foundation.

“Here Am I; Send Me!”

Election season is on us again and we have a problem: unopposed seats.

By last count, at least 12 seats were running unopposed.

Those being:

Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas
Franklin County Coroner
Franklin County Recorder
Franklin County Sheriff
Franklin County Treasurer
State Representative Ohio House District 01
State Representative Ohio House District 02
State Representative Ohio House District 03
State Representative Ohio House District 05
State Representative Ohio House District 07
State Representative Ohio House District 08
State Representative Ohio House District 09

This is intolerable.  This is not democracy.  Surely, we can do better.

During last year’s election, I was appalled at the number of unopposed seats on the ballot.  I would love to see fewer.

Letting seats run unopposed is giving up.  It’s saying we no longer care who makes the decisions that affect our lives.

Surely, there must be some among those reading this who are willing and able to run for public office and at least give the voters a choice.

Well, I am.

I just so happens that I live in District 8, and I don’t like unopposed races either so I’m tossing my hat into the ring.  I’m entering the race for State House Representative for District 8.

Do you live in any of the other Districts?  Will you consider running?

If you are interested, See the Run for Office section at the end of this newsletter.

Hope to see you on the ballot.

Ken Holpp, Secretary, Franklin County Libertarian Party and District 8 Ohio Statehouse Representative candidate.

Candidate Quick Start Training

Franklin County needs energetic people to run for office! Libertarian elected officials get to make policy that reduces the scope of government and increases personal liberty.

Join Franklin County Libertarians for a “Candidate Quick Start Training”.

We have scheduled 2 candidate training sessions at the Whitehall branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
4445 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213

Both sessions will cover the same “Candidate Quick Start Training”.

Candidate Training – FCLPO
Franklin County Libertarians
Tuesday, February 06, 2024: 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Whitehall – Meeting Room 1

Candidate Training – FCLPO
Franklin County Libertarians
Thursday, February 15, 2024: 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Whitehall – Meeting Room 2

Candidate Training Agenda

Opening and guest introductions

Candidate introductions
• Name and office you want to run for
• Why do you want to run for this office?
• How do you see Libertarian philosophy being applied to your office?

Presentation: “Getting Started”

• What’s involved in being a candidate
• Legal steps to get on the ballot detailed
• Why legislative and statewide campaigns should be seen as two-year effort
• Translating Libertarian principles into policy

Questions and answers

• What do you most need to know to get off to a good start?

Close

Handouts
• Candidate Quick Start
• Elections Calendar
• Libertarian National Platform (condensed)
• Resources for Libertarian Candidates


Columbus Metropolitan Library: Whitehall Branch
4445 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213

How much can you campaign and win? Even just filing and having a simple website can win an election!

The county party is in a position to support candidates county wide to collect signatures for ballot access, fundraise, coordinate community events and run campaigns. Even just a “basic” campaign that involves filing paperwork, simple website, answering surveys and directing volunteers to help other more engaged candidates would be worthwhile and provide those communities with choice on the ballot.

 

You can run a basic, engaged or all out campaign.We already have several candidates across Franklin County that are gearing up “all out” campaigns and we know the more people running with the same message the more attention we can get everyone.The following elected roles will be UNOPPOSED going into the November General Election! (without an independent opponent they have already won that election)Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas 
Franklin County Coroner 
Franklin County Recorder 
Franklin County Sheriff 
Franklin County Treasurer 
State Representative Ohio House District 01 
State Representative Ohio House District 03 
State Representative Ohio House District 07 


Review requirements for each role in the Ohio Secretary of State Candidate Requirement Guide.

The filing date for Independent candidates is March 18, 2024.



THREE district races for Ohio Assembly are UNOPPOSED for the general election in November 2024.
Get started today!
Get connected with FCLPO and get started!

Run for Local Office! Get started today!

How much can you campaign and win? Even just filing and having a simple website can win an election!

The county party is in a position to support candidates county wide to collect signatures for ballot access, fundraise, coordinate community events and run campaigns. Even just a “basic” campaign that involves filing paperwork, simple website, answering surveys and directing volunteers to help other more engaged candidates would be worthwhile and provide those communities with choice on the ballot. 

You can run a basic, engaged or all out campaign.

We already have several candidates across Franklin County that are gearing up “all out” campaigns and we know the more people running with the same message the more attention we can get everyone.

The following elected roles will be UNOPPOSED going into the November General Election! (without an independent opponent they have already won that election)

Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas
Franklin County Coroner
Franklin County Sheriff
Franklin County Treasurer
State Representative Ohio House District 01
State Representative Ohio House District 05
State Representative Ohio House District 07

Review requirements for each role in the Ohio Secretary of State Candidate Requirement Guide.

The filing date for Libertarian candidates is July 18th.

SEVEN district races for Ohio Assembly are UNOPPOSED for the general election in November 2024.

Get started today!

Franklin County needs energetic people to run for office! Libertarian elected officials get to make policy that reduces the scope of government and increases personal liberty.

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