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Signature Gathering Instructions

Thank you  for your interest in collecting signatures for the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment (OCRA).

It is very important that you carefully follow all instructions so that each signature you collect counts toward legalizing the medical, therapeutic and industrial uses of cannabis in Ohio. Failure to follow instructions could invalidate your petition(s) and all of your hard work.

If you would like to read the OCRA before downloading it, please click here.

Please read this important PDF file on how to gather signatures for the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment:

Signature Gathering Instructions - Download PDF Here

Instructions for Downloading Petitions

Please follow these easy steps to download your uniquely numbered OCRA petition. If you have registered, you can download as many petitions as you want, but they must be downloaded one at a time. For tracking purposes, all OCRA petitions are uniquely numbered. Please do not reuse a downloaded petition file on which you have already collected signatures.

If this is the first time you have downloaded a petition:

  1. Click here to view instructions and videos. Please make sure that you are qualified to collect signatures, that you fully understand the procedures and that you know how to properly fill out all paperwork, including the "Circulator Statement."
  2. Click Here to create a Username and Password and complete a short questionnaire. Please record your Username and Password so that you can download petitions in the future as needed. Please note:  If you have already created a Username and Password to volunteer for the Ohio Rights Group, you will still need to register and create a password to download petitions. The Username and Password for downloading can be the same ones you used for volunteering.
  3. After you have successfully completed your registration, you will be taken to a page with the headline "Ohio Rights Group Petitioners."
  4. Scroll down to "Download your uniquely numbered petition." Click on "Download" (bolded and colored brown). You will be prompted to open a PDF file with Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, click here to download and install a copy.
  5. After you click to open the PDF file, your uniquely numbered petition will appear before you. You can print it out immediately and/or save it to your computer.
  6. Please make sure that you always print your petition in "Actual Size." Any other size could invalidate your petition and all signatures on it. The OCRA petition is 12 pages long. Make sure you print all 12 pages and place them in sequential order. You may staple all pages together with one staple in the top left corner.
  7. Completed petitions can be returned to your Regional Coordinator or to Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment, 1021 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205. If you have an questions, e-mail contact@ohiorights.org or call 614-300-0529.

If you have previously registered to download petitions:

  1. Click here to access the downloadable petition website. You will be prompted for your Username and Password. Please enter the ones you created the first time you downloaded a petition. (see above)
  2. Click on the "Petitions" tab at the top of the page. The headline on the page you will be taken to should read "Ohio Rights Group Petitioners."
  3. Scroll down to "Download your uniquely numbered petition." Click on "Download" (bolded and colored brown). You will be prompted to open a PDF file with Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, click here to download and install a copy
  4. After you click to open the PDF file, your uniquely numbered petition will appear before you. You can print it out and/or save it to your computer.
  5. Please make sure that you always print your petition in "Actual Size." Any other size could invalidate your petition and all signatures on it. The OCRA petition is 12 pages long. Make sure you print all 12 pages and place them in sequential order. You may staple all pages together with one staple in the top left corner.
  6. Completed petitions can be returned to your Regional Coordinator or to Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment, 1021 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205. If you have an questions, e-mail contact@ohiorights.org or call 614-300-0529.

Petitioning Resources

Download and print these useful PDF files of the graphic to the left.

11 inch clipboard petition cover    

11 inch sign

14 inch clipboard petition cover          

14 inch sign                              

Reclaim Your Right to Vote: From the Office of Ohio Secretary of State John Husted. Brochure with questions and answers concerning the eligibility to vote in Ohio after being sentenced for of certain crimes.


 IMPORTANT!!

Steps for filling out the Circulator Statement

Other than the individual signatures, this may be the most important part of your petition. Please carefully read these instructions before filling out this statement. If you have any questions whatsoever, please ask.

1.) Print your name. After “I” print your entire name, first and last.

2.) Fill in the number of signatures on your petition. This is tricky. Count ALL of the signatures on your petition no matter how many or how few. Count as a signature any box with a line through it or any box that has something entered into it. Do not count blank boxes. The logic here is that anything in a signature box is a signature until the Ohio Secretary of State determines that it is not. Input that number in the line preceding “electors.”

Example: Your petition contains 33 filled in signature boxes, but one box has a line through it and another has a squiggle where someone started to sign, but then decided not to. Write the number 33 on the line.

3.) Leave the line before “(Name and address of Employer)” blank. Unless you have been told otherwise by a County Captain or other authorized representative of the ORG, you are NOT an employee of the ORG. You are a volunteer. Thus, you should leave this line blank. If you have any questions, speak with your County Captain before placing anything in this line.

4.) Sign the statement after “(signed)”. Remember, when you sign on this line, you are legally stating that you personally witnessed all of the signatures on your petition.

5.) Write in your permanent address. Generally speaking, this will be the address at which you are registered to vote.

Returning Petitions

Please return your completed petition(s) to your County Captain, Regional Manager  or to 1021 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205. You may return petitions with all 36 signature boxes filled in or only one or two. Don’t forget to sign your Circulator Statement before returning petitions.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • DO explain to every potential signer what the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment is, why it is important and what it will do for Ohio. Give your signers plenty of time to read the Amendment’s summary and full text.
  • DO have everyone sign in either black or blue ink.
  • DO make sure all signatures and accompanying information are legible.
  • DO make sure your signatures are valid by checking the names on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.
  • DO be pleasant, polite, upbeat and cooperative with potential signers. Have fun. Circulating the OCRA petition is a great way to meet people and introduce them to this important issue. Remember, when circulating a petition, you are representing the ORG and the cannabis issue in general. You are an ambassador, so please look and act the part.
  • DO NOT sign for or allow anyone else sign for a signor. Only that person may sign his or her signature in the signature block. However, there are provisions that allow someone else to sign for a handicapped person provided that signor has power of attorney and proof thereof. A handicapped person may also sign just their name. Under these circumstances, you may then fill out the rest of the information in the signature box for them.
  • DO NOT alter, erase or add notes to the signature boxes on your petition. Mistakes should be crossed out with a simple line.
  • DO NOT sign your own petition. Remember, you are witnessing the signature of others. You cannot witness your own signature, so don’t sign your own petition. Instead, sign a colleague’s petition.

Checking voter registration on the Website of the Ohio Secretary of State:
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/voterQuery.aspx?page=4763

Ohio Rights Group  -  1021 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215 

614.300.0529

www.ohiorightsgroup.org  -  contact@ohiorights.org