1. Prior to collecting signatures, ensure your petition is complete. All pages must be attached and both sides of the page should be printed. All text must be legible. If there is a stain or a tear or anything that makes even one letter of one word illegible do not use the petition and discard it.
  2. The petition sheet belongs to just one person. It cannot be shared with others. It must stay in your possession at all times and is not to be left unattended. Do not leave it on a counter or table.
  3. Signatures on petition sheets must be from a single county. For example, only voters registered in Pulaski County should be on a sheet.
  4. Ask the person if they are a registered voter and if they would like to sign the petition. If they say yes, let them sign the petition. Be prepared to answer any questions they may have about the issue. You are not obligated to verify they are a registered voter. If a person signs the petition and is not registered to vote, their signature will simply not count. This invalid signature will not affect the rest of the signatures on the petition page.
  5. You must personally witness each person sign the petition and complete all of the identifying information. The signature and identifying information must be in the signer’s handwriting. If the person signing the petition makes a mistake, it is permissible for them to strike out the line and start over.
  6. Make sure that the date that they sign the petition is accurate.
  7. Sign the canvasser affidavit in front of a notary. Make sure your residence address is included and check the box noting that you are a volunteer. Ensure the date you sign is the same date the notary signs.
  8. A canvasser should not strike out any line or make any corrections on the petition. The petitions will be reviewed prior to being submitted to the Secretary of State for any defects. Any issues will be addressed at that time.

Prepared by David A. Couch