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Petitioning Steps

Email the campaign’s Petition Coordinator above, they will likely provide you with all of this!

But just to be sure…

Petition forms – make sure to use the right form and size paper! Contact your state party and see if it can be downloaded from their site website. Mess up this step and your efforts will be for naught.

Clipboards – or a similar hard surface to write on is essential. Any office supply store will have cheap clipboards. It’s OK to start with one, but once you progress as a petitioner you will find it faster collecting with three clipboard or more clipboards, so several people can sign at once.

Pens – will be lost and run out of ink. Bring three times the number of clipboards you have. You may wish to attach a pen to each clipboard with string.

Each state has it’s own rules on what is considered a valid signature and precisely how each field is deemed valid or not.

Bottom line: ask the petition coordinator who can sign the petition and how a properly filled out form looks.

There are three main ways to gather signatures. Mix and match as you like:

Visit busy locations – it’s the fastest and most effective way to fill forms. If you choose public areas like court buildings, parks, beaches, drivers’ license facilities, bus and train stations, libraries, festivals, or parades, be sure to avoid interfering with traffic flow. If you choose private property, like in front of stores, coffee shops, malls, concerts, sporting events, or theatres, ask permission from the manager before you start. Libertarians support property rights. You can use public sidewalks. If you encounter any issues, please remind them of your right to petition under the first amendment.

Go door to door – it’s the most time-intensive way, but the signatures are high quality and extremely valuable if petitions are challenged. If you are running a local campaign this will be the only way to go since you need to collect signatures of voters within your district. It’s also a great way to meet and greet around your neighborhood.

Ask people you know – it’s the easiest way but the total amount of you will be able to gather will be limited. Carry a clipboard with petition forms wherever you go. Ask your friends, relatives, co-workers (if not against company policy), and club members to sign. Every signature is needed and valued.

 

Smile, say hello, and ask “Are you registered to vote in [state/district]?” Possible answers to this question and your response:

Yes – “I’m collecting signatures to get people on the ballot in November. Will you help me?” Try giving them the clipboard and pen. “You just have to sign and print your name and address.” If they take the clipboard, thank them and stop talking.

No – “Thank you. Have a nice day.” Move on. Don’t get discouraged—petitioning is a numbers game. Ask enough people and you’ll get enough signatures.

Hesitates – “Signing doesn’t mean that you’ll vote for them; you’re just giving voters another choice.” Try giving them the clipboard and pen.

Requests info – Plan a brief answer to “What are the Libertarians?” For example, “Libertarians are the sensible center of politics; they are both socially tolerant and economically responsible.” Do your best to keep each encounter short. Don’t spend your time in discussions while potential signers are passing by. If people want to talk politics, tell them “I’m just here to collect signatures today.” People wanting more info can be given a brochure or sent to your state party’s website.

Petitions should be given to the counting team assembling all the petitions so accurate totals can be gathered on an ongoing basis. Do not hold onto them!

By petitioning to get Libertarian candidates on the ballot, you are performing a noble public service. Even beyond supporting our candidates directly, being on the ballot makes the Libertarian Party “real” to voters and grows interest and activism in liberty.

Thanks in advance for playing a key part in getting our candidates on the ballot and ready to campaign.