Please read the circulator instructions in detail. The rules are mainly common-sense, but if you make a mistake it can cause signatures and whole petitions to be rejected. Got questions? Call 559-270-1411 for assistance.
To circulate the petition you must be 18 years of age or older. (Senate Bill 213.) Please follow all directions carefully so that each signature will be counted as valid!
- Use black or blue ink pens ONLY! – NO other colors, pencils, markers, or felt-tip pens.
- Signatures may be collected from only ONE COUNTY PER PETITION.
- Make sure petition signers are REGISTERED TO VOTE IN FRESNO COUNTY.
- Former felons can sign the petition provided they are off parole.
- Make sure petition signers provide the address at which they are registered. THIS IS THE RESIDENCE ADDRESS ONLY. P.O. BOXES DO NOT COUNT.
- Make sure all information provided by petition signers is CLEAR AND LEGIBLE. Illegible handwriting will be thrown out. If a petition signer is handicapped and unable to write, you are allowed to assist, but you must mark handicap assist at the left side of the signature and the signer must make their own mark on the signature line.
- If a petition signer must make a small correction to an entry, the signer MUST initial the change. If you make a larger mistake, DO NOT SCRIBBLE. The signer should instead cross out the entry signature line containing the error(s) with one simple line or the entire signature could be invalidated.
- Petitions CANNOT be left unattended and only ONE person may circulate any one petition.
- Do not complete or mark the affidavit section until you have completed circulation of that sheet!
- You must ask EVERY person before they sign, if they are REGISTERED to vote in California, followed by the county they are registered to vote in. If they are not registered to vote, you may help them register, but be sure to include the affidavit number at the bottom of the voter registration card in the box at the LEFT of the signature line (not the box on the right side, which is for official use only.)
- EVEN BETTER! Carry a laptop or tablet with you and open the California voter registration page. You can help people register to vote very quickly, and their registration will be processed much faster.
Tips for Talking: Don’t Know? Don’t Say!
When canvassing to people, do not answer questions you cannot answer truthfully and/or accurately. It is okay to say, “I don’t know” and direct them to the Fresno County cannabis referendum page on FresnoCannabis.org.
NEVER ARGUE OR FIGHT. Do not spend too much time trying to convince any one person, especially if they are clearly opposed. Remember that there are plenty of people who want to sign the petition, and your goal right now is to get signatures ‐ not to debate closed minds! ASK AND THANK EVERYONE!
Legal DO’S and DON’Ts of petition circulating.
This is merely a guide. Follow your common sense as well, please, and use the contact page if you have ANY questions at all about proper circulation procedures. Please dress and act appropriately at all times, as we will be in the public’s eye.
It is a crime to:
- Use signatures for any purpose other than to seek the repeal of Ordinance No. 14-001, or submission of Ordinance No. 14-001 to voters at a regular or special election, as provided by law, or to allow someone else to use the signatures for any purpose other than to seek the repeal of Ordinance No. 14-001, or submission of Ordinance No. 14-001 to voters at a regular or special election, as provided by law.
- The information you collect can be used for the Fresno County referendum petition ONLY.
- Forge signatures or falsify names on the petition.
- Ask others to sign the petition more than once.
- Sign the petition themselves more than once.
- Sign the petition if they are not a registered voter in the state.
- Ask others who are not registered voters in the state to sign the petition.
- Pay money or otherwise induce someone to sign the petition.
- Threaten someone with an assault or battery to convince them to sign the petition.
- Damage someone’s personal property for not signing the petition.
- Sign a false Declaration of Circulator.
- Make intentional misrepresentations or false statements about the petition or present exhibits falsifying the petition.
- Make a false statement when a person inquires whether the circulator is a volunteer or is being paid to collect signatures (although you are not required to disclose how much you are being paid or by whom).
- Accept money or other inducement to stop circulating the petition.
- Refuse to allow a person to read the petition.
- Cover or otherwise obscure the official Title and Summary on the top portion of the petition.
- Ask others to sign the petition within 100 feet of a polling place.
- Not return a petition containing one or more signatures to the campaign.
It is also a crime for other persons to:
- Threaten to commit an assault or battery on a circulator (or relative of a circulator) for circulating the petitions.
- Damage the personal property of a circulator (or relative of a circulator) for circulating the petition.
- Take a petition containing one or more signatures from a circulator.
- Pay or offer to pay a circulator for signed petitions.