HOW TO PRINT YOUR PETITION TO SIGN OR TO CIRCULATE
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PETITION
Recall petition signing is quite different from the online petitions you have signed for Move-on and other groups. The purpose of most online petitions is to impress with numbers; they generally do not have any legal weight - they cannot remove an official or enact a law. Consequently, online petitions do not come with onerous instructions as our Recall petition must. Our Recall Petition has the same weight as the ballot you use at polling places; the printing quality must meet certain minimum standards. If you do not have a good printer or otherwise unable to print off this website, you can send a self-addressed, stamped envelop to our headquarters and we can send you a petition. Our address is Recall Arnie Campaign, 2107 Dwight Way, Suite100, Berkeley, CA 94704.
If you plan to use the petition at a public table, we would recommend that you not use petitions printed with water-soluble ink (most ink jet printers use ink that will smear if it gets wet). Either ink jet with archival photo ink or laser jets are the best. OR you can make copies at copy stores from your ink jet originals. If you smear your ink after you get your signatures, the sheet may be disqualified.
This is not one of those super-funded Bush type campaigns, but a real grassroots campaign with NO paid workers. We have a heap of volunteers in our headquarters district of Berkeley, but we need them out collecting signatures because virtually everyone here in the East Bay will easily sign the petition if only we can get to them. That is a bit of an exaggeration, but not far from the truth. Several hundred volunteers cannot get to the three hundred thousand signatures that are here in the East Bay. Therefore, we appreciate your helping with the process of sending the petition by sending us a stamped, self-addressed envelope indicating in what languages you need the petition. At this time, each sheet holds only four signatures but you can use what we send as a master to make copies at commercial copy stores. If the cost of making copies is an issue in your case, please tell us and we can see how we can help (Those who are able to, please click on the donate button at left and send money to help in the distribution process - on our first day, we spent $20 to mail out 500 petitions, enough for just 2000 signatures - we are collecting 1.5 million signatures!).
If you are circulating the petition in public amongst strangers, you must have the petitions in all the languages the court requires you to have for your county. You will find the list of counties below and the languages you will need to cover.
We apologize in advance for the rather condescending and serious tone of these narratives, but we have been warned by experienced people that "amateurs" gathering signatures will lead to a huge amount of disqualified petitions. We ask you to read these narratives more than once and take them very seriously, or you jeopardize the work of tens of thousands of volunteers.
If especially, you are printing the petition from this website just for a few signatures of your family or for yourself alone and do not want to bother sending us an envelope, go ahead and print the petition from this site. The copies must be crystal clear without smudges. Copies must not be crooked, and must adhere to at least a 1 inch clear margin at the top and 1/2 inch around the text on right, left and bottom.
If you choose to print off this website, please make sure your printer is "letter or photo quality" and not the older "dot matrix printer." Each printed letter of the text must be solid black and even in appearance.
Initially, we were not going to provide for downloadable printing (printing off this website), but the number of volunteers who have signed up is just too huge to not at least offer this method of distributing our petition to save on cost and time. We believe that our current (1/03/06) 10,000 volunteer count will rise sharply almost immediately as you will find many signers will ask for more petitions that they can circulate themselves. If you are circulating the petition, you should definitely have extra copies so that you can give them to new volunteer-circulators.
If you give petitions to others, make sure they are registered voters. Be sure they also receive printed instructions, which can be printed off this website by clicking on the "instructions" link below.
DONT LET YOUR GATHERED SIGNATURES BE DISQUALIFIED!
You must be a registered voter to circulate the petition. You can sign the sheet you are circulating and certify your own signature. You may submit a sheet with as few as one signature.
Before starting, check each sheet of your petition. Make sure it did not print crooked. The top margin must be at least 1", sides and bottom 1/2". All printed words must be clear and not smudged.
Errors occur especially when there is a large number of signers at one time when your supervision is difficult. Those gathering signature must witness and inspect each signature for completeness and legibility. Signature itself often is not "legible," but the signer must print his or her name and the current residence address legibly. People will often abbreviate city names, such as SF for San Francisco, Berk for Berkeley, Oak for Oakland. Those abbreviations may be obvious to those in the neighborhood, but may lead to disqualification.
Some signers will sign where a name is supposed to be printed, and vice versa. Some signatures look like printing, and some people print illegibly. The signature gatherer must take the time to review the spelling of the printed name for clarity.
Each sheet of petition will specify that all the signers on that sheet live in ONE county. One cannot have signatures of residents from DIFFERENT counties on one sheet! THis is tricky, particularly if one is collecting signatures at a mixed gathering of residents in neighboring counties. You must have separate sheet for each county.
Unlike other petitions you may have participated in, one cannot "pass the petition down the row." The signature gatherer will be required to certify under penalty of perjury that he or she witnessed every signature. Therefore, one cannot post a petition on a bulletin board at work.
GET MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN CIRCULATING PETITION. When you meet someone enthusiastic, ask if they would like to take a few sheets to circulate amongst their friends, co-workers, and family (remember, one sheet per county). Record their name, address and phone number so that you can follow up with them. Be sure they receive a copy of these Instructions along with the petitions.
Remember, you cannot have people who do not understand English sign the English petition. You must give them the petition in their language (download petitions in other languages at Recall2006.com). Do not waste time trying to talk doubters into signing. Beware of saboteurs signing or grabbing petitions.
If you are tabling, you must have petitions in those languages required for your county. Check our website, "Get Petition", for list of required translations.
Regarding Declaration of Circulators: Once you sign and date it, you must immediately send it in to us. Stale-dated sheets cannot be submitted to the Secretary of State.
If you are setting up a signing table, be sure to check with the local police department about laws governing placement of tables in public streets. If you are setting up a table in front of a supermarket, on a private property, you will need to secure the permission of the manager. If you are collecting signatures on a college campus, be sure to check the campus' rules governing such activities.
Return all signed petitions to Recall Arnie Campaign, 2107 Dwight, #100, Berkeley, CA 94704. Write any questions firstname.lastname@example.org. We prefer you not call (510) 548 1516. Finally, have fun in this serious activity. You are rescuing California.
LIST OF COUNTIES AND REQUIREMENT OF LANGUAGES
Alameda - Hispanic and Chinese Colusa - Hispanic Contra Costa - Hispanic Fresno - Hispanic Imperial - Hispanic Kern - Hispanic King - Hispanic Los Angeles - Hispanic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipino Madera - Hispanic Merced - Hispanic Monterey - Hispanic Orange - Hispanic, Chinese, Koran, Vietnamese Riverside - Hispanic Sacramento - Hispanic San Benito - Hispanic San Bernadino - Hispanic San Diego - Hispanic, Filipino San Francisco - Hispanic and Chinese San Joaquin - Hispanic San Mateo - Hispanic and Chinese Santa Barbara - Hispanic Santa Clara - Hispanic, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese Stanislaus - Hispanic Tulare - Hispanic Ventura - Hispanic
PRINT YOUR PETITIONS FROM THIS WEBSITE BY CLICKING ON THE LINKS BELOW. BE SURE TO PRINT THE INSTRUCTIONS AS YOUR REMINDER! THESE FILES ARE IN WORD OR ACROBAT READER PDF. YOUR COMPUTER SOFTWARE AS A ROUTINE MAY WARN THAT DOWNLOADING ON THE INTERNET MAY GIVE YOU A VIRUS. WE HAVE TAKEN EVERY PRECAUTION TO ENSURE THAT THESE FILES DO NOT CONTAIN ANY VIRUS. WHEN PRINTING, PLEASE COMMAND TO ONLY PRINT PAGE 1 of 2 PAGES FOR EACH LANGUAGE.THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE OLDER SOFTWARE MAY HAVE TROUBLE PRINTING THE ADOBE PDF VERSION (WHICH BY THE WAY IS UPGRADABLE AT ADOBE.COM FOR FREE). Remember, too, that you can send us a self addressed, stamped envelope for us to mail you petitions. Recall Arnie Campaign. 2107 Dwight Way, Suite 100, Berkeley, CA 94704.