Well with the tight deadlines and the predicted weather, I may have to use different strategies for getting signatures. I personally am a big believer in getting signatures door-to-door. You can find out where the voter stands. When you are at a supermarket and a voter says, “I wouldn’t vote for that candidate under any circumstances,” it doesn’t work really well to try to chase the person and ask for a name! It makes it hard to “ID” the voter.
Voters are very impressed when people go out in bad weather. But there is a fine line between people thinking that you are dedicated and people thinking that you are nuts. I think that I have crossed that line on more than one occasion!
Bottom line is that I am thinking of collecting signatures at a mall. I haven’t done this in the past. I found this post on solicitation of signatures in public places. Does anyone have experience on collecting signatures at a mall? The guidelines say that shopping centers may not “prevent petitioners from actively soliciting signatures in a reasonable area. For example petitioners may not be restricted to standing behind a table or booth.”
In general I tend to feel that if you are arguing law on something like this you are better off going some place else, if you have that option. I’ve heard indications that the place we are looking to collect signatures wants up to be at a table. Has anyone successfully argued this? Is the information I linked the most up to date?
I’m looking for folks thoughts on this. It sounds tempting to be inside a mall, instead of in the snow. Do you get registered voters? Is there too much paper shuffling because people are from a number of towns? Although I prefer town meetings and elections, that is not going to be an option.