The SCLP will be reorganizing at the county level per SC Code of Laws, Title 7, Chapter 9, Sections 7-9-70 and 7-9-80 in the month of June. Only currently organized counties will be reorganizing; no previously unorganized counties will be organizing at this time. Dates, times, and locations for each county’s reorganization convention are listed below.

The process for organizing at the county level, given by the laws cited above, is detailed in Rule 5, Section 3, of the Rules of the South Carolina Libertarian Party (formerly known as the SCLP Bylaws) and is outlined here for your convenience:

  1. County chair calls the convention to order.
  2. Those present elect:
    1. A temporary convention president, to preside over the first portion of the meeting,
    2. A temporary convention secretary, who takes minutes, and
    3. A credentials committee (which can be the the temporary president and secretary if desired).
  3. The credentials committee verifies the voter registration and party membership of those present.
  4. Those delegates whose credentials have been verified then elect a permanent convention president and permanent convention secretary for the remainder of the meeting.  These usually are, but don’t have to be, the same as the temporary president and secretary.
  5. The convention then elects the county committee, first the chair, then the vice chair, then the state committee representative, then any other persons it desires to have on the county committee.  This can be as simple as electing all members present, provided that all are party members and registered voters of the county.
  6. The convention then elects delegates to the State Convention.  This can also be as simple as electing all members present, again provided that all are party members and registered voters of the county.
  7. At this time, the convention may, if it wishes, adopt a local platform and rules, provided that these do not conflict with the SCLP or National LP platform or rules.  Local platforms and rules are not common, but they have been done from time to time in some counties.
  8. Once all business is concluded, the convention should be recessed sine die, to be recalled in the event nominations for local offices are required.

Once the convention is over, the first meeting of the county committee begins.  The newly elected county committee chair calls the committee meeting to order, and the committee’s only business at this time is to elect a county secretary, who may or may not be the convention secretary, and to determine a time for regular meetings.

Note that the process above is mandated by SC State Law; any inanity therein is the fault of the State, not the SCLP.

The following paperwork needs to be completed, usually by the secretary.  Be careful to follow all the instructions included in each document.  Also submit a copy of the convention minutes to the secretary of the State Party.

FormWhy is this important?
Officer ElectionsThis is how SC knows you’re organized.  Without this form, you aren’t legally organized, and your candidates can lose on a technicality.
State Convention DelegatesThis is how we know who needs information about the State Convention.
County Committee MembersThis is how we know who else is on your committee.  It’s mostly just for your county’s own records, and only necessary if you have more than just officers.
SCLP Membership PledgeThis a way to become a member of the party.  All national members are SCLP members, but we don’t get national’s data very often.  This allows people to join and participate on short notice (e.g. the day of the county convention).
MinutesThis is how you prove in court that you followed proper procedure.  Without this, your candidates can lose on a technicality.  Keep a copy of these in your local records and also give the secretary of the State Party a copy to keep with the state records.

These are the dates, times, and locations of each county’s reorganizing convention.  Please monitor this information as it is subject to change.

Reorganizing June 8

Reorganizing June 15

Initial Organization April 27

 

CountyConvention Date and TimeConvention Location
AikenJune 15th at NoonAiken County Courthouse, 109 Park Ave. SE, Aiken, SC 29801
AndersonJune 15th at NoonAnderson County Courthouse, 100 S Main St., Anderson, SC 29624
BeaufortJune 15th at NoonBeaufort County Courthouse, 102 Ribaut Rd., Beaufort, SC 29902
BerkeleyJune 15th at NoonBerkeley County Courthouse, 300 California Dr., Moncks Corner, SC 29461
CalhounJune 15th at NoonCalhoun County Courthouse, 102 Courthouse Dr., St Matthews, SC 29135
CharlestonJune 8th at NoonMakelab Charleston, 1610 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Ste. D, Charleston, SC 29407
ColletonJune 15th at NoonColleton County Courthouse, 101 Hampton St., Walterboro, SC 29488
DarlingtonJune 15th at NoonDarlington County Courthouse, 1 Public Square, Darlington, SC 29532
DillonN/A Initial organization held April 27
DorchesterJune 15th at NoonDorchester County Courthouse Annex, 212 Deming Way, Summerville, SC 29483
FlorenceJune 15th at NoonFlorence County Courthouse, 180 N Irby St., Florence, SC 29501
GeorgetownJune 15th at NoonGeorgetown County Courthouse, 401 Cleland St., Georgetown, SC 29440
GreenvilleJune 15th at NoonGreenville County Courthouse, 305 E North St., Greenville, SC 29601
GreenwoodJune 15th at NoonGreenwood County Courthouse, 528 Monument St., Greenwood, SC 29646
HorryJune 15th at NoonHorry County Courthouse, 1301 2nd Ave., Conway, SC 29526
JasperJune 15th at NoonJasper County Courthouse, 265 Russell St., Ridgeland, SC 29936
KershawJune 15th at NoonKershaw County Courthouse, 1121 Broad St., Camden, SC 29020
LaurensJune 15th at NoonLaurens County Courthouse, 200 Courthouse Square, Laurens, SC 29360
LeeJune 15th at NoonLee County Courthouse, 113 Gregg St., Bishopville, SC 29010
LexingtonJune 15th at NoonLexington County Courthouse, 205 E Main St., Lexington, SC 29072
PickensJune 15th at NoonPickens County Courthouse, 214 E Main St., Pickens, SC 29671
RichlandJune 15th at NoonRichland County Courthouse, 1701 Main St., Columbia, SC 29204
SaludaN/AInitial organization held April 27
SpartanburgJune 15th at NoonSpartanburg County Courthouse, 180 Magnolia St., Spartanburg, SC 29306
SumterJune 15th at NoonSumter County Courthouse, 215 N Harvin St., Sumter, SC 29150
YorkJune 15th at NoonCharanda of Newport, 4811 Old York Rd. #101, Rock Hill, SC 29732

All counties reorganizing at their respective courthouses will meet by the front steps.