Sign the Petition – Leg 3

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Chief Petitioner John Belville returned to the land of his birth (Shelley, ID) for Leg 3 of the Sign the Petition Tour. With this trip to Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Rigby, Rexburg, St. Anthony, Driggs, Dubois, and Arco, John has now visited over half (23) of the counties in Idaho!

Spokesman Russ Belville with Region VII Captain Nathaniel Snow-Pickering

The only difficult day we had was in Rexburg, where two city police officers parked across the street, down about half a block, but close enough where they could watch everybody who pulled in to sign the petition. We had many people drive by and give thumbs up, but they seemed to not want to stop and be watched by police in the hometown of BYU-Idaho.

Rexburg’s Finest, making sure no crimes occur while a 77-year-old man stands on a cold windy street corner gathering signatures on a petition.

Our trip to Idaho’s least populated county (Clark) landed us in the town of Dubois, where we had the lowest signature count of the tour. Just ONE person signed the petition… but that one person was a formerly-incarcerated person who believed she did not have the right to vote.

We explained to her that in Idaho once you’ve completed your felony probation and parole (i.e., “off papers”), your right to vote is automatically restored. She was thrilled, explaining how it has been over 20 years since she has voted. We registered her on the spot and she signed the petition.

Shortly after, we were visited by a Clark County Sheriff. He was cordial and made no attempt to stop our petitioning. He explained how he wanted it legal for medical use, but worried about how that would creep over into recreational use. I asked why a sick person using cannabis was OK, but someone using it for fun needs to be locked up. “It’s the law,” he shrugged. “Not for long,” I answered.

Russ and John with Teton County Lieutenant Dr. Daphne Stoner at the Teton Geotourism Center in Driggs
Marty Moose says, “Sign the Petition!”

The Sign the Petition Tour returns on the weekend of December 6-7-8, as John and Russ visit Cascade & McCall (Valley County), Grangeville (Idaho), Nezperce (Lewis), Lewiston (Nez Perce), Moscow (Latah), and Orofino (Clearwater). Check for times and places – some may have changed since you first looked!

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