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Two Bills in the House of Delegates that Need Your Support!

school_1January 30, 2018

Please contact Delegate Steve Landes and ask him to support HB 540 and HB 553...tomorrow at the latest!

He is on the subcommittee that will hold a hearing on these bills Thursday morning.

His contact information is:

(804) 698-1025 (his office in Richmond)

(540) 255-5335 (his district office)


Background information sent by the Libertarian Party of Virginia on Jan. 28, 2018:

On Wednesday, January 10, the Virginia General Assembly convened in Richmond... We ask all members and friends of the Libertarian Party of Virginia to contact their Delegate and State Senator to ask for support of the following legislation, which has been assigned to the House Privileges & Elections Subcommittee #2 (whose members are listed below) but not voted on yet:

HB540, sponsored by Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) would reduce the vote test for political parties to remain on the ballot in Virginia from 10% for a statewide office in either of the last two elections to 3% in either of the last two elections.

HB553, also sponsored by Del. Freitas, calls for Ranked Choice Voting (Instant Runoff Voting) to be used in Virginia for elections for US Senate, US House, State House, State Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor & Attorney General. This would do away with the “wasted vote syndrome” many voters associate with candidates...

...It is VERY important to contact your Delegate if he or she is on House P&E Subcommittee #2. Those Delegates are:

Del. James A. “Jay” Leftwich (R), District 78

Del. R. Steven Landes (R), District 25

Del. Israel O’Quinn (R), District 6

Del. Gregory D. Habeeb (R), District 8

Del Joseph C. Lindsey (D), District 90

Del. Cheryl B. Turpin (D), District 85

Del. Mark L. Cole (R), District 88.


The Jefferson Area Libertarians (JAL) held a


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The Jefferson Area Libertarians (JAL) held a



According to JAL Chairman John Munchmeyer, "The income tax is the fuel for the massive, bloated federal government that spends our money in areas where it should play no role according to the Constitution. The federal government’s tentacles now reach into every aspect of our lives and its reckless actions cause far more harm than good. To add insult to injury, IRS regulations are tens of thousands of pages in length and the amount of time and money we taxpayers spend complying with this nonsense is staggering and extremely wasteful."

"The Libertarian Party is calling for major relief for taxpayers by cutting both taxes and spending. We don't mean just slowing the rate of increase, we mean really cutting taxes and spending dramatically. We want the American people to keep their own money instead of allowing politicians and bureaucrats to take it and spend it on soviet-style, self-destructive government action.”

Directly following the sign wave, we gathered to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the Jefferson Area Libertarians. Over the years, the JAL has been a positive force for liberty! We commemorate our success and look to the future… one in which freedom rings!


Election Day

November 8, 2016

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Sign Waving for Gary Johnson!

October 29, 2016 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

U.S. Route 29 North and Hydraulic Road.

This was part of a nationwide event.

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Governor Gary Johnson at UVA

October 17, 2016


Governor Gary Johnson, Libertarian Candidate for President of the United States of America, was interviewed for the program "American Forum" at the Miller Center at UVA at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17.

It will be aired on PBS in Virginia on October 30, 2016 and nationally on November 2, 2016.

It is fitting that Governor Johnson, the only candidate for individual liberty, limited government, and personal responsibility came to the hometown of Thomas Jefferson.






Scott & Johnson



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Cameron & NBC 29 TV



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John & Dr. Morgan


Sign Waving for Governor Gary Johnson

October 14, 2016

Intersection of Ridge Street and Main Street in Charlottesville.

This was a lot of fun. We had a great number of people honking and giving us thumbs up!


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Compare and Contrast

September 28, 2016


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We Need Instant Runoff Voting

June 30, 2016

school_1Wouldn't you like to vote FOR someone for a change, instead of picking the lesser of two evils? 

One thing we can do to open up the political process is enact Instant Runoff Voting (also called Ranked Choice Voting).

Helpful links:


Most of our elections are based on the concept that the person with most number of votes wins. This only works well when there are just two candidates in the race. When a third option is introduced, someone can actually win with only 34% of the vote, or a “plurality”.

Advantages of IRV:

• Someone always wins with a majority

• It eliminates the “wasted vote syndrome” or the perceived pressure to vote for the lesser of two evils

IRV is no different than holding a runoff election, but it eliminates the wasted time and expense of getting everyone together again at the polls.

We use it internally for the election of officers in the JAL and it works well.


How it works:

It’s as simple as ranking your preferences 1,2 and 3. Let’s look at the example of Bill, Steve, and Judy as candidates in a race with 17 voters.

A sample ballot would look like this:


Note: Only one check is allowed per column; Votes for 2nd or 3rd choices are not required.

Results of the first counting:


In plurality voting, Bill would have won, without a majority! But… In Instant Runoff Voting, if there is no majority on the first counting, the candidate with the least number of votes (Judy) is eliminated for the second counting, and those people who voted for Judy as their first choice would have their vote shift to their second choice for the second counting:


In the second counting, Steve wins fair and square with a majority.

IRV works no matter how many candidates are in the race. Even with ten options on the ballot, the iterative countings continue until there is a clear winner with a majority.

What to do:

  • Spread the word about IRV
  • Support organizations that educate people about IRV
  • Tell your elected representatives to implement IRV!


Libertarians Select Gov. Gary Johnson for President, Gov. William Weld for Vice-President

May 29, 2016


Governor Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson, two-term governor of New Mexico, was selected to be the Libertarian Party's 2016 presidential candidate by the delegates at the Libertarian National Convention in Orlando, Florida on May 29. William Weld, former governor of Massachusetts, received the vice presidential nomination.

“People are looking at their choices and deciding that this is the year to elect Libertarians," said JAL Chair John Munchmeyer, who served as a delegate from Virginia at the convention. Mr. Munchmeyer was interviewed by NBC, CNN, and the LA Times.

Also at the convention, JAL Secretary Jim Lark presented the Party's three prestigious awards (the Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson Awards).


Dr. Lark at the Podium





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