The Nuts and Bolts
of Signature Collection
The signature collection process of
a grassroots campaign is of tremendous importance. This is our
only way, as individuals, to require that our government and
law making bodies be responsive to our needs. When you are collecting
signatures you are representing all those involved in the campaign.
For many signers you will be their first, and perhaps last, direct
contact with the issue supported by this petition. Your appearance
and demeanor are vitally important. Here are a few pointers (
most of which you are probably already aware)
Things to remember when
1. Be friendly.
2. Using your own style, dress professionally.
3. Allow any registered voter to sign.
4. You are not collecting anything, but signatures. Politely
refuse contributions - but note names and address so that
we can follow up.
5. Do not get in lengthy conversations - most people will
not wait long, if there is a delay. Try to limit conversation
to simple facts. example - "This initiative will impose
a 10-year moratorium on the use of pesticides
for forestry purposes and will transform the Board of Pesticides
Control from a governor-appointed board
into one elected by the people".
6. Just politely ignore anyone who is argumentative..
8. As people pass by , engage them to sign - "Would
you like to sign "An Act Regarding the Use of
Pesticides for Forestry Purposes and
the Election of the Board of Pesticides Control"?
9. Have a sign up sheet or sheets and pens with you. Make
sure that each signer legibly prints their name,
writes their full street address (RFD's
and P.O. Boxes are not acceptable - and the signature will not
be counted as
valid), and signs in the appropriate box.
10. Smile and enjoy yourself. You are part of the democratic
What to do when
you are done.
1. Sign each petition, in the
presence of a notary only, on the back of the petition where
it says "circulators oath".
Make sure notary signs and stamps each petition.
2. Have the register of the municipality certify the number
of valid signatures.
3. Fill out the "Certification of Registration"
form and get your town clerk in the town
where you are registered to vote to sign
4. Guard the certified notarized petitions
5. Contact FEN (623-7140 or email@example.com) to let
us know how many
signatures were collected.
6. Send petitions to FEN, P.O. Box 2218, Augusta, ME 04338
-- we recommend
sending them registered. THANK YOU!