Petitioner’s Guide

Collecting Signatures

  • PETITIONER REQUIREMENTS: You must be an Idaho resident age 18 or older[1].
    • You must be physically present as voters sign your petition.
    • If you are placing a petition at your store or club, being physically present means you must have a petition copy for each of your clerks.
    • You must have a complete copy of the petition stapled on top of each signature sheet, which you must point out to the signers and allow them to read.
  • PRINTING THE PETITION:
    • Download the petition from rad-r.us/imma.
    • Save the file to a thumb drive or the cloud for a print shop[2] OR print it yourself.
    • Print the file in black & white on white legal (8½” x 14”) paper.
    • Print in black-and-white[3] and (if possible) set printout to “Duplex – Flip on Short Side” (but if you can only print on one side, that’s OK)[4].
    • Staple the petition on the top left corner (so it can be “flipped up”).
    • Remember: there must be a separate copy for each county’s signers[5].
    • In the top right corner of the petition cover page, write the county name[6].
    • If you have 4” square Post-It Notes: Put a Post-It Note over the Notarization section, with the PETITIONER’S NAME and COUNTY, and another blank Post-It Note for TODAY’S DATE.
  • DO NOT SIGN the Notarization section.
  • SIGNING THE PETITION:
    • Ask: “Would you like to sign the petition to put medical marijuana on the ballot?”[7]
    • Ask: “Are you a currently-registered Idaho voter?” – if not or unsure, check voter registration at rad-r.us/immareg[8]. Register them online at rad-r.us/immavote.
    • Ask: “In which county are you registered?” – MAKE SURE THE VOTER SIGNS ONLY THE CORRECT PETITION FOR HIS/HER COUNTY – BLACK INK ONLY!
    • Ensure the voter signs, prints their name, address (city and state not necessary, but OK if entered), zip code, & date legibly.[9] Help guide them as they fill it out.
    • DO NOT ALLOW WRITING OUTSIDE THE PETITION SIGNATURE BLOCKS.
  • TURNING IN THE PETITION:
    • If you have access to a Notary Public, go to them, remove any Post-It Notes, fill out the Notarization section and have them notarize your petition[10].
    • If you do not have access to a Notary Public, call 844-IDAHO-20 and we will direct you to a team leader who can help with getting the notarization.
    • Take or mail your notarized petition to your local County Lieutenant or Regional Captain, who will take care of getting it to the campaign HQ, where they will track the signatures by legislative district and send the petitions to the county clerks.

[1] And, oddly enough, you do not have to be a registered Idaho voter to collect signatures of registered Idaho voters.

[2] A FedEx Office, Staples, Office Depot, or similar shop has online print services to do all this for you or self-serve printers that can access the internet for your Dropbox, Google Drive, or other cloud-based storage, or access your personal USB thumb drive.

[3] Standard printing costs at most office stores will run about $1.30 per petition.

[4] Ask for help finding these settings if you need to – it really makes a difference to have as few sheets per petition as possible.

[5] For example, a recent petition drive at the Boise Farmer’s Market got signatures from residents of Ada, Blaine, Boise, Bonneville, Canyon, Elmore, Latah, Payette, Twin Falls, and Valley Counties.

[6] You may use colored markers and/or highlighters to make the different counties easier to distinguish.

[7] If they do not wish to sign, do not waste your time trying to convince them. Thank them and move on to the next person.

[8] If you have no mobile internet access, you may register someone on paper with Form ERM-1, which you can download and print from IdahoVotes.gov. However, you must turn in those paper forms to the county clerk before the close of business on the same day the person signed the petition for their signature to count. Also, Idaho voter registrations are not processed within 24 days of an election, so you will not be able to register during the periods of [Oct 12 – Nov 5], [Feb 15 – Mar 10], and [Apr 25 – May 1].

[9] If you can’t read what the voter writes, neither can the county clerk, and the signature won’t count.

[10] You don’t have to have the petition notarized on the same day you gather signatures (which can also be from multiple dates).

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