How to Gather Signatures
Collecting signatures is easy and fun! All you have to do is print out a few pieces of paper, acquaint yourself with the initiative and follow updated instructions when they become available. Since the suspension of face-to-face gathering resulting from COVID-19 social distancing orders, the process of gathering has changed from the methods used in this picture to a focus on gathering signatures by mail, phone or social media!
So please review the revised instructions below that do not involve face-to-face notarization.
All Montana residents, no matter their age, can collect signatures from registered Montana voters.
Photo used by permission of Karen Stears & others pictured.
Karen Stears getting signatures with Barbara Prescott & Laura Roccarro in the Bozeman, MT, library atrium.
Read through the steps and documents below. Once you have a grasp on I-187 and how to collect signatures safely by mail, phone, or by notifying social media contacts on how to get their signature counted, please help get some autographs! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Familiarize yourself with I-187
We recommend reading through this website and the full fact sheet. If social distancing restrictions are lifted, you may also want to skim the full petition, “Signature Gathering Instructions,” and “Memo: Where to Gather”. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact another volunteer!
Print out core documents
Before you begin contacting voters by phone, social media or mail, print a Signature Gathering Sheet, the I-187 Fact Sheet, your verification sheet, and copy of the full petition (someone might ask to read it). Documents are available at the bottom of most pages and by clicking the check marks on the right.
Including your own! It is no long safe to go door to door, stand outside public spaces, or attend public events. So instead email, phone, or mail people about I-187 and how they can help. You can view people signing on Skype, etc. and have them mail the signature page to you.
Verify signature sheets
Congratulations! You’ve helped move Montana toward a better future! Now we have to make sure those signatures get recorded in the system. First, you have to accompany the signatures with a verification page that the signature gatherer signs under penalty of perjury. This substitutes for the notarized affidavit required prior to the COVID-19 emergency declarations. Please do not attempt to obtain a face-to-face notarization until social distancing restrictions are lifted.
Submit everything to your county's election office
This is the final step! It would be best to deliver these signatures by mail even after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. You can find a list of election office addresses by clicking here or at the bottom of this page.
Biweekly and well before the deadline (5 PM, June 19, 2020) make sure all signed signature pages (no more than 25 pages per affidavit) plus the signed verification have been delivered to the county election administrator of the county where the voters who signed the petition vote.
Be Patient. We’ve found that it takes about an hour of gathering to get 8-10 signatures; sometimes you will get several more at a good event. However, for now please avoid face-to-face signature gathering or events until further notice on this website. Every single signature helps preserve and protect the future of Montana.
Be Courteous. Not everyone will agree with what you are doing. However, hopefully they will take a “green sheet” explaining I-187 if it is offered safely and politely. Please suspend all face-to-face signature gathering until further notice!
Be Proud. Isn’t it amazing that a few dozen people who are willing to work hard can improve the future of Montana for decades and even centuries to come? That you, one person can help educate and motivate people to action?
Page Last Updated 4/6/2020