Oea we are ohio petition gathering organizing ppt 4-7-11v3
OEA & We Are Ohio: Update & Plan Overview<br />By Grassroots Solutions<br />1<br />
The Background<br /> We Are Ohio is preparing to hit the pavement to begin collecting the necessary signatures to give Ohioans the opportunity to exercise a citizens’ veto of SB 5 - the unfair attack on workers' rights.<br /> On Friday April 1, 2011, SB 5 was filed with the Ohio Secretary of State's office. The 90-day clock has begun to tick and We Are Ohio will have to collect 231,149 valid signatures to put the issue on the ballot in November.<br />On Monday, April 4, 2011, the We Are Ohio filed nearly three times the required signatures to accompany our proposed petition summaries. <br />2<br />
Our Goals<br /> Collect in excess of the 231,147 minimum necessary valid signatures statewide.<br /> Collect in excess of the 3% of 2010 voters in at least 44 counties.<br />Maintain and build public support for November’s citizens’ veto vote. <br />Build our organizational capacity to effect election outcomes, like referendums, levies and elections for local, state and federal offices. <br />3<br />
Talking Points<br />“We Are Ohio” is a citizen-driven, bipartisan, broad-based grassroots coalition that is growing by the minute.<br />“We Are Ohio” is comprised of Ohioans—Republicans and Democrats— private and public sector workers, unions, small business owners, pastors and religious leaders, a wide array of progressive organizations, students, and others.<br />SB5 is an attack on working and middle-class families and will hurt our local economy.<br />SB5 does not create one job. It will mean fewer teachers in the classroom for our children, fewer police and firefighters on our streets keeping us safe, and fewer nurses tending to our sick, our children, and our elderly parents and grandparents.<br />4<br />
OEA & We Are Ohio: Best Ways to Collect Signatures<br />By Grassroots Solutions<br />5<br />
Prime Locations for Petition Gathering:<br />Members:<br /> Schools and work places only during non-school hours<br />Registered Voters in Member Households:<br />OEA led little events like house parties and “pizza & petitions*” *must follow laws regarding gifts/compensation related to petition signing<br />General Public:<br />Neighborhood canvassing<br />Community events<br />6<br />
Brainstorming Good Locations to Try<br />Family or friend gatherings<br /> Sporting events<br /> Place of worship/Church/Synagogue, etc events<br /> Neighborhood association meetings<br /> Clubs/organizations’ meetings you attend<br />Shopping centers<br />Libraries<br /> Parks<br />Your neighborhood<br />7<br />
Making “the Ask”<br /> Smile - make eye contact<br /> Engage people respectfully<br /> Don’t get involved in debates<br /> Practice your script<br /> Make a quick pitch – “10 seconds to make an impression” and then get them to stop<br /> When you make the ask…. stop talking and wait for an answer<br /> Ask for them to sign and print their name<br /> You must see them sign the petition in order to witness<br /> Remind the signer that this is just to put the question on the ballot in November, 2011<br />8<br />
Tips for Petition Gathering<br /> Practice and be comfortable with your script or rap<br /> Understand what you need from the registered voters<br /> Be friendly and smile<br /> Collect often – making the “ask” well will pay off in signatures<br /> Don’t take rejection poorly - it is going to happen<br /> Set a goal of signatures per hour, day, or week - and achieve that goal!<br /> Follow the legal rules <br /> Don’t lose your petitions – turn them in!<br /> On Primary/Special Election day - May 3, 2011- stand behind the flags to collect signatures<br />9<br />
10<br />Tips for Helping Other Members<br /> Review legal, but don’t scare them <br /> Do a practice exercise<br /> Know the petitioning pick up and drop off procedures<br /> Return all petitions - even though you might have spilled coffee on it (but try not to do so!)<br /> Tell others why you are involved in this effort<br /> Set goals and celebrate when your team hits them!<br />
11<br />5 Most Important Keys to Maximizing Your Valid Signatures<br />Ask more people to sign<br />Keep your rap simple and your ask direct<br />Smile and make eye contact - approachable and likable people get more signatures than defensive or argumentative folks. <br />Assume support – nearly everyone supports public servants or democracy<br />Focus 95% on effort and enthusiasm and 5% on procedure <br />
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