The End Ohio Cannabis Prohibition Act’s printable petition file will be made available to registered volunteers and per request so we can avoid having volunteers that we don’t know about. This did cause some confusion and problems after we submitted the petitions last time; we had volunteers with signatures who missed the deadline because we didn’t know they were helping and they didn’t see our posts about needing them turned in. So please, sign up to be a Volunteer and we will send you instructions and the petition, or go to our Contact page to request the petition file. Below are links to the Summary and Amendment as written in the petition so everyone can still read what we are fighting for, then decide if they want to help:
If you would like to help us collect signatures, we can’t stress how important it is to follow these Petitioning Instructions! If signers or petitioners don’t follow these simple guidelines, the signatures will NOT be counted as “valid.” Please note that if you have any felony convictions, you are legally ineligible to petition for us. Additionally, the law does not require petitioners to be Ohio residents. Although we would feel more comfortable if all of our volunteers are registered voters, that is also not a legal requirement.
#1 – USE BLACK OR BLUE INK ONLY ON ALL PETITIONS FOR ALL SIGNATURES.
#2 – If you are printing a petition at home, please make sure that all of the words print legibly and DOUBLE STAPLE the petition in the upper left hand corner. DO NOT remove the staples EVER. It is a good idea to use a print store for your petitions. It is your choice whether you want single pages or double sided pages, but it is easier to turn the pages if they are single sided.
#3 – On the first page:
• Leave the “Number” field blank!
• Place your name on the “Issued To” line.
• Fill in the name of the petition’s “County” (where the signers are registered voters).
• Fill in the “Beginning Date” when you start, fill in the “End Date” when you are finished.
#4 – Each petition may be circulated by ONLY ONE petitioner, and that petitioner must witness ALL SIGNATURES. Do not leave the petition on a table. You may use any petition on multiple days, so long as the signatures are collected within the dates listed on the first page.
#5 – Each petition may only contain signatures from REGISTERED VOTERS from ONE COUNTY. If you wish to collect signatures from more than one county, especially at events, please bring multiple petitions.
#6 – Do not sign your own petition, as you may not witness your own signature. Additionally, though it may seem repetitive, you MUST ask people if they are registered Ohio voters before they sign. If they are not registered and you do not have Ohio Voter Registration forms available for them to fill out, then you MUST reject their offer to sign, otherwise their signatures will not count and will undermine our ability to keep an accurate count of signatures. If you have Voter Registration forms, please make sure that they fill it out correctly and MAIL OR DROP IT OFF FOR THEM sometime before mailing or delivering your petitions to us.
- You can download and print BOTH SIDES of the voter registration forms from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Website here.
- For complete voting information in Ohio, see the Secretary’s Website here.
#7 – Ward/Precinct is the only optional field. Unless the signer is 100% certain what ward or precinct they live in, it is highly recommended to have them leave it blank. It is for use by the county Boards of Elections during verification of the submitted signatures.
#8 – If someone makes a mistake when signing, have them draw a line through the entire entry. Then have them sign on the next line. If it is a small mistake that can be easily fixed, please instruct them to put a single line through the mistake, write the correct information, and INITIAL the change, else the signature may not be valid.
#9 – On the last page:
• PRINT your name under the “Statement of Circulator.”
• Write the number of signatures obtained. VERY IMPORTANT -> Count all filled in lines, even those that are crossed off, blank, and those you know to have a mistake(s)! If the number is reported as less than the total number of signature lines filled in, then the whole petition will be discarded by the Board of Electors. In fact, the best practice on this is to simply enter the number from the very last line that is completed in the petition.
• Leave the “Employed By” blank, as there are no paid petitioners on this project at this time.
• Sign and give your FULL permanent address.
#10 – When we have enough signatures, we will submit! Once we are ready, petitions may be mailed to our address below, or you may Contact Us to work out other methods.
Thank you so much, we look forward to working with you!
Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis
8952 Selma Road
South Charleston, Ohio 45368