Stanley's Mission: Register Libertarian Voters
by Ari Armstrong
[The following article originally appeared in the August 2001 edition of Colorado Liberty.]
"The unregistered and unaffiliated voters outnumber the Republicans and Democrats combined in this state," Rick Stanley reminded Libertarians, and he wants help in turning those votes into a strong Libertarian voting block able to restore the principles of individual liberty and limited government.
Stanley has personally registered several hundred new Libertarians in the last few months. "We're not going to win unless we get lots of registered Libertarians," Stanley told the Denver LP July 10, when he also discussed his Senate campaign.
"People know what the issues are," Stanley said; "they just don't think there's anything they can do about it." He said the task for Libertarians is to convince people "there's somebody to vote for -- there's something that matters."
Stanley issued a challenge to every Libertarian in Colorado: find one new person to register Libertarian every month. He said increased numbers of Libertarians will "give us credibility with people and the media."
"Make your vote count," says Stanley. He strikes up conversations about our country being turned into a police state, and when people start listing their own gripes, he tells them they can make a difference and send a message to our government by filling out a voter registration card and affiliating Libertarian. Stanley carries the cards wherever he goes.
Stanley said the top three issues in his Senate campaign are repealing drug prohibition, reforming the tax sytem, and restoring the right to keep and bear arms.