Libertarians and Democrats take Center Stage in Florida
July 19th 2005
Election Reform efforts by an
unusual coalition of Libertarians, Democrats and community groups is
the number one GOOGLE story on election reform in Florida, outdoing
the Governor's own reform bill.
"Our phone is constantly busy.
People are sick of the situation and welcome imaginative action,"
said Michael Gilson-De Lemos, a Libertarian Party (LP) movement
founder who is also the local LP chair. "We've run out of copies of
our report and people are downloading them off several websites."
The report calls for improvements
and promises joint action by the coalition, and documented many
problems now discussed widely.
Gilson-De Lemos attributes some of
the interest in a coalition to seminars based on the evolving
Libertarian program tool at http://www.libertarian-program.org.
Using them, he held a series of seminars and "one thing led to
Gilson-De Lemos, who was in a
previous Libertarian Today story as a mastermind behind "Operation
Full Slate", which got more votes for Libertarians in Florida
proportionally than any other Libertarian effort of the kind in
history, was unstinting in praised of the coalition members.
Singling out the local Democratic
Vice-chair, Arlin Briley, and other members who organized community
forums was where the coalition learned about local voter
dissatisfaction. He said they had set up a tool for public
complaints and suggestions at their website,
Florida has several dozen
libertarians in local government. The coalition's activities are
attracting international attention, including stories as far as
Julie is Editor of Florida Liberty