How to circulate a petition in the least annoying way possible?
February 2, 2012 3:38 PM Subscribe
Need advice about best method of circulating a petition for a ballot initiative in California. There is a ballot initiative in California to replace the death penalty with life in prison. I'm going with a friend to a shopping mall this Sunday to try and get signatures (they still need about 100,000). I've never done anything like this before. I need advice about the best way to go about it.
posted by bananafish to Law & Government (13 answers total)
I absolutely hate it when people approach me about things in public. And if I thought there were any better way to end the death penalty, I would be all for it, but right now this ballot initiative is the best chance. SO I'm joining the ranks of those annoying people who pester you on the street all the time when you just want to be left alone to buy a sweater goddamit!
My goal is to not offend, to communicate quickly and clearly, and to have those who agree sign the petition and those who disagree move on quickly.
Has anyone done this before? Best tips and practices? I've done the research and there is a right in California to circulate petitions on private property that is open to the public. So I'm not worried about legal issues, just about making what is somewhat unpleasant task more efficient and effective.