Libertarians go online to select presidential candidate

Doug Murphy // Published February 4, 2008 in Ahwatukee Foothills News
While Republicans and Democrats go to the polls on Feb. 5 to select their party's presidential candidates, the Libertarians are selecting their presidential candidate online.

The Arizona Libertarian Presidential Preference Primary Election will take place online Jan. 30 through Feb. 5, using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) with candidate information links.

RCV allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference, better reflecting voter intent. The winning nominee must receive a majority of the vote, not a plurality.

All registered Libertarians are encouraged to study the candidate’s positions and participate. Voting instructions will be posted online prior to the election at

The Arizona Libertarian Party (AZLP) has statewide ballot status as a major political party. By statute, the AZLP was invited by the state to participate in a Presidential Preference Primary Election in which party members cast votes that are non-enforceable upon the convention delegates.

The AZLP decided to save Arizona taxpayers from this expense and hold the election as an internal party function.

For more information on this primary or Ranked Choice Voting, visit or contact the Arizona Libertarian Party at 1 (800) 875-7369 or in Maricopa County at (602) 595-5451.