The foundation of any successful movement is its grassroots activities. By petitioning, you’ll help get libertarian candidates on the ballot for the local, state. and federal elections. The key to growing interest in the Libertarian Party is by electing libertarians. We need to show people we practice what we breach once we get into office. Each state has its own set of rules for obtaining signatures for a petition. It’s vital you follow all laws or the signatures can be ruled invalid and your time will be wasted. The details and laws regarding petitioning can be found on your state party website.
Petitioning is easy to learn and is a significant help to Libertarians. You’ll reduce ballot access costs and improve the likelihood we get a candidate on the ballot. We rely on volunteers like you to assists us in getting petition sheets filled out for candidates. Ballot access in many states requires us to get many times more signatures than a Democratic or Republican candidate because they are a major party. We’ll spend $2-$4 per signature to have a professional petition for us. Every election cycle we host large fundraisers and coordinate large volunteer events to get ourselves on the ballot.
Learning to petition will teach you much more than how to get signatures. You’ll improve your public speaking skills, salesmanship, and comfort level with strangers. Petitioning is a great way to improve your skills if you plan on running for office. People may ask you questions about the libertarian platform or a candidate. These are opportunities to work on elevator speeches and discussion techniques. Most people are easy-going with petitioners and won’t get verbal or aggressive. The best places to petition are public transit stops or at large festivals. Although the door to door can ensure someone most likely lives in the area, it will not allow you to gather signatures in a timely manner. Petitioning techniques are often covered through your state party website.