DENVER — The Denver Chamber of Commerce is hosting a U.S. Senate Debate on October 17, 2016, and has unilaterally excluded the Libertarian candidate, Lily Tang Williams, despite Williams having overcome another venue’s arbitrary threshold of 1% of the state’s registered voters being affiliated with the Libertarian Party. When Ms. Williams inquired why, she was told the equivalent of “Just because.” Our electoral system is broken and rigged to benefit the old party power brokers to the exclusion of alternate voices. If 1% of our population contracted an illness, dropped out of society, or were otherwise affected en masse, there would be an outcry. Yet 1% of Colorado registered voters are routinely told that we do not matter—only Republicans and Democrats do. Stunningly, the Denver Chamber of Commerce is a supporter of Propositions 107 and 108 calling for force-funded “open primaries” in which private organizations would be required to allow non-members to vote in their internal candidate selection process unless they opted-out through a state-imposed process dictated to their governing boards. Basically, the Denver Chamber of Commerce supports forcing others to allow non-members to control their nominations in the name of “choice and fairness” yet when they operate, they arbitrarily exclude… just because.
In the face of this hypocrisy, Libertarian Party Chair Jay North made the following statement:
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