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 these updated instructions. 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 updated instructions above 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.

Study

Print

Collect

Verify

Submit

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!

  • Read through the documents
  • Talk with another volunteer

Print out core documents

Before you begin contacting voters by phone, social media or mail, print the “Combined Signature Gathering Material” and I-187 Fact (Green) Sheet, and copy of the full petition (someone might ask to read it). Documents are available at the bottom of most pages or by clicking the check marks on the right.

Collect signatures

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.

  • Are they registered to vote in Montana?
  • What county do they live in?
  • Use one page per county, i.e. persons from different counties must sign sheet for their county
  • Have person sign the sheet for their county
  • Make sure they use their mailing addresses
  • Ask people to use their "voting" signature
  • Make sure everything is legible
  • Write the county name and your initials at the bottom of each signature page

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 Declaration 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.

  • Safely deliver or mail each verification with attached signature sheets to the election official for the corresponding county.
  • No more than 25 sheets per verification
  • Send all verified sheets to arrive at the right county before June 19, 2020.
  • It remains important to deliver signatures to the county where the elector signing the petition is registered to vote.
  • Please be considerate of election and postal workers by not mailing signatures if you or your family are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 2 weeks.

Tell us how many you got!

It will be a while before each county tells us how many valid signatures you collected. So, be sure to update us periodically with your total statewide number! Contact us or email us with the good news.

Remember

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 5/12/2020