Your continued ideas and enthusiasm are inspiring. Regrettably, there are still lots of unanswered questions about the virus emergency and how we can (or if we can) gather signatures in this new environment.
A big renewed thank you to the folks who pulled together to draft the letter to the editor that was published in the Republic, as well as to all those who have sent in their petitions with signatures. Plus, we can’t say it too often, we have over 275,000 signatures in hand, that’s a huge accomplishment!
ODM is still on pause with no person-to-person signature gathering. We are waiting for decisions from the Governor and health officials about possible stay at home order relaxation, from the courts about whether we can use electronic signatures for initiative petitions and, most important, from our volunteers about whether they are comfortable going back into the field to ask for signatures in the future.
Please keep any ODM signatures you have in a safe place until such time as you can safely get them notarized. This is important whether or not we can get started again. Do not toss them out. Finally, while we are on pause, we continue to seek legislative candidate endorsements of ODM. This is a nonpartisan issue that many can get behind.
If by the time we can safely return to the field it is too late to gather the signatures we need for 2020, we have a plan. So, please stay tuned. If the return date proves not feasible, we will push the next Legislature to either
1) Put the ODM language directly on the ballot with a legislative referral or
2) Grant a one-time exception to all petitions in the field in 2020 recognizing that the disruption caused by the pandemic kept us from reaching our goal and allowing us to credit this year’s signatures toward getting on the 2022 ballot.
Our bedrock principle is the safety of all involved, volunteers, and signers. In the meantime, we are paused. The HQ is closed. Any future action will be in virtual space. Conference calls and online communications are us!
While We’re on Pause
One timely ask. We need sharp-eyed volunteers to help validate a random sample of 2,500 signatures gathered by a paid group. Chris Pilgrim is coordinating this effort.
If you can help with validation please drop Chris a line at email@example.com. She will digitally send you a manageable set of signatures for checking using the current VAN.
How to Help the ODM Campaign Right Now
We have a healthy number of petitions out there with you that can be counted and cataloged without person-to-person contact.
Contact Aimee Graves at Aimee@outlawdirtymoney.com or 520-971-7247 to report the number of signatures you have in your possession right now. She will note this in ODM’s database for pick-up once the health crisis has passed and we can move around again safely.
- Provided you are confident that you will be safe and will keep others safe, you can utilize your own email list and invite people to drop by during set dates and times for people to sign the petition. Some volunteers have been tabling and witnessing signatures from at least 6 feet away outside of their homes. Be careful to maintain appropriate distance and ask your friends to use their own pens and—if it makes them more comfortable, gloves. Remember that you must witness the signatures personally as the circulator—be it through a window or over a wall.
- Ask candidates you support to endorse ODM. ODM is a nonpartisan effort and cannot endorse any candidate from any party. However, candidates can endorse us. We publish their events knowing that many of you have a preferred candidate and so we offer you an opportunity to support your candidate and ODM at the same time!
If your favorite candidate’s name is not on the in-progress list, please politely ask if they support ODM. If so, please let us know. If not, make it clear that you do and hope they will come to see the virtue of full disclosure.
Global health crisis requires we be able to get signatures online
The Arizona Republic, 29 Mar 2020
Letter by Rivko Knox, Tammy Bosse, Dan Sussman, Libby Goff, and Chris Pilgrim
As “Outlaw Dirty Money” volunteers, we made the decision to do our part for public health and have paused all person-to-person contacts to get signatures on our petitions. Unfortunately, this action delivers a potentially crushing blow to our yearlong effort to get enough signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to require full disclosure of the original sources of money for political ads.
We have already collected over 275,000 signatures and were on track to make the required 357,000 signatures before the July 2 deadline.
Now, we are no longer able to personally collect signatures for who knows how long.
Citizens must still be able to exercise their constitutional rights, even in this time of crisis.
We ask our legislators to mitigate this unfairness. First, we request online petition signing — which legislative candidates already enjoy. Second, we request an end to the unnecessary notarization requirement — which legislative candidates are not required to obtain and requires additional person-to-person contacts, thus contributing to the health crisis.
Finally, if the health crisis goes on much longer, we request either the Legislature or the governor using their emergency powers to extend the deadline for signature submissions or allow our currently gathered signatures to be considered valid for the 2022 ballot.
As volunteers who are gravely concerned for the public’s health, we ask for these small accommodations in the name of fairness. All Arizonans are pulling together to fight this new and terrible foe. We hope everyone, especially our legislators, recognizes there are legitimate ways to sign a petition that will not involve potentially dangerous personal contacts.