Medicaid expansion ballot initiative training


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If you're interested in being part of the effort to expand health care coverage to nearly half a million people in Ohio, please review this training to get involved in the effort to collect 115,000 signatures by the end of December.

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Medicaid expansion ballot initiative training

  1. 1. Medicaid expansion ballot initiative training.
  2. 2. Featuring: Julie DiRossi King Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Ohio Association of Community Health Centers Alyssa Chenault Communications Manager, UHCAN Ohio Cindy Cunningham Program and Policy Director, Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition Danielle Smith Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers of Ohio Eric Rosso Political Liaison, SEIU District 1199 Will Petrik State Director, Advocates for Ohio’s Other Co-Sponsors Include: SPAN Ohio, COHHIO, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, and the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers
  3. 3. Understanding the Legal Rules of the Road
  4. 4. Who Can Circulate? • A circulator must be a resident of Ohio. • A circulator cannot have a felony conviction for which you are still on probation. • The campaign is only asking individuals 18 years of age or older to circulate petitions. • Voter registration status? – You are not required to be a registered voter to circulate petitions.
  5. 5. Statement of Circulator Page  You must complete the Statement of Solicitor Page.  Print your name.  Write the number of signatures you witnessed on the petition. It cannot be less than the total number of signatures present.  If employed for compensation during the hours you are circulating the petition, you need to put the name and address of your employer in the appropriate field. Volunteers should leave this space blank. If you are a paid union official or staff person, fill this section out for the entity that issues your paycheck for the time that you’ve spent circulating the petition. Talk to your organization if you have questions.
  6. 6. Who Can Sign The Petition? Only registered Ohio voters should sign the petition. This includes new registrants with completed registration form. Include these completed registration forms with petitions. Registration forms must be submitted within 10 days. Voters must be registered in the county designated for the given petition. Circulators should not sign their own petition (such a signature would not be valid).
  7. 7. How Does The Petition Get Filled Out Properly? • Each signature must be witnessed by the circulator. • Circulators should ask every person to print legibly and sign their name. • Signer should complete all fields other than Ward/Precinct (not required). • If anything other than the signature is missing, circulator may fill in the appropriate information. • Signer is to put the address at which s/he is registered. • No P.O. Boxes. • Signature must be in blue or black ink.
  8. 8. What Causes a Signature to be Invalid? • If a person is not a registered Ohio voter when petitions are submitted. • If a person is not registered to vote at the address they’ve written on the petition. • If the voter cannot be identified due to illegible or incomplete information. • If the signature is ONLY printed and not signed. • If the signature is from a county other than the predominant county on the petition (only signatures from the predominant county may be valid). • If there is missing information.
  9. 9. Important Notes • The name does not have to match registration in every way. • If voter signature is John Q. Public and it is signed Johnny Public, the signature is okay. • Dates do not need to be chronological. • Ditto marks are allowed for everything other than signature. • If someone is unsure if they signed before, they should sign. • A circulator should not knowingly allow someone to sign a petition if they know they have already signed one. • A circulator should not disassemble a petition. • No one should make extraneous marks on the petition.
  10. 10. What Causes a Full Petition to be Invalid? • If the circulator statement has not been completely filled out • If the circulator statement contains an inaccurate number of net signatures • Especially if the number of signatures on the statement is lower than the number on the petition. • Example – You have 11 lines filled out on a petition, there are 6 crossed out. There are 5 net signatures. • If you have to make a change to that number make sure you initial your changes. • If there are 2 or more signatures on the petition in the same handwriting • If the circulator is convicted of a felony and is still on probation
  11. 11. Other Legal Points  What about crossing out signatures? Circulators should ONLY allow a signature to be crossed out if: Voter changed their mind Voter wants to start over Voter mistakenly signed for someone else  What are the laws related to coercion and/or misleading information? No gifts can be exchanged for signing State explicitly that pins, buttons, food, etc. are available to anyone regardless of whether they sign.
  12. 12. More Legal • Do not make false statements about the petition – a circulator can be prosecuted for knowingly making false statements about the petition. • Avoid answering detailed questions on the law/legalities of petition gathering. If you don’t know the answer to question just say you don’t know.
  13. 13. Where Can Signatures be Collected? Door to door canvassing is protected. Public property petitioning is allowed as is consistent with existing policy and federal law. Public parks and city sidewalks are public domain (the only time that you need a permit is if the space has been closed, such as for a festival, etc.) Polling places are acceptable outside the flag or 100 feet from the location. Private property -- with prior permission
  14. 14. Talking Points Extending health care coverage / Medicaid: • Supports people, families and our communities. • Nearly 275,000 Ohioans will gain access to health care coverage. • Supports our state and our economy. • Medicaid expansion will bring in $13 billion from the federal government into Ohio. It will help create 30,000 jobs over the next 10 years. • Supports our county. • Share your county fact sheet.
  15. 15. Next Steps: First Round Signatures Needed (Deadline: The end of the year)
  16. 16. Next Steps: How do I get petitions, so I can start circulating? Click here to sign up to receive petitions.
  17. 17. Next Steps: What do I do with my completed petitions? • Contact Advocates for Ohio’s Future or your affiliate • Let us know how many signatures you gathered in which county(s). • Mail completed petitions to the SEIU 1199 office in Columbus (SEIU 1199, 1395 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215) • More details on point people/organizations and pick up / drop off locations will be listed at
  18. 18. Questions?