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Independent Voters Alliance (hamcoOHIVA)

Hamilton County OH

1st IVA Priority: Certify Petition Circulators


OH RULES: In around one hour you can learn all the rules needed to gather valid petition signatures in Ohio. All of the rules are on one printed sheet online. You can download and print Rules for Circulating Ballot Access Petitions to read and bring with you to an IVA meet up. You can assemble your personal petition circulator kit and learn to take valid signatures in the field. Once certified, IVA petition circulators will have the skills needed to collect signatures to put nonpartisan candidates of their choice on the ballot, to help form any Minor Political Party they choose, or to put Initiative and Referendum (I & R) issues on the ballot. Ballot access petitions are the most powerful tools for participation in political change and for electoral and political reform in Ohio. Note: 27 out of 50 states do not have any initiative or referendum process to help citizens have a voice in public policy or legislative initiatives.

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Petition Circulator Kit: Each participant can help make up his or her personal petition kit at an IVA meeting. (Or assempble the items at home.) Keep all items in a large manila envelope labeled "My Ballot Access Kit." Use the kit for training and for circulating petitions of your choice.

 Four legal length cardboard or foam board blanks (8.75" X 14.25") (better than clipboards for use in the field, easier to use) (Used by Pro's) (You can decorate as you like. Be creative. Be positive.)

 Eight big rubber bands, 5", to hold petitions in place.

 Ohio Petition Circulator Rules Sheet.

 Petitions for practice exercises.

 Legal size manila folders to hold copies of petitions to circulate, etc.

 Ohio Certified Petition Circulator identification card.

 Ohio Petition Circulator certificate, 11" X 8.5", suitable for framing.

 Your petition circulator kit can be used for a lifetime.

You can help circulate petitions for any ballot access purpose you choose. We all choose to participate in the IVA activities we fully support. We can petition to put candidates on the ballot, to form political parties, or to put issues on the ballot such as Instant Runoff Voting, or Campaign Finance Reform.

To cut blanks each meeting should have a sharp "x-acto" knife, a 24-inch steel ruler, and cardboard boxes at least 14.25" high. Each student can bring a box or foam board to a meeting to use for his or her kit.

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Being proactive in electoral politics requires circulation of ballot access  petitions. After IVA certification you will have a "citizenship kit," the basic political tools and skills you need. You will be OHIVA certified as an Ohio ballot access petition circulator.

Do More: You can choose to do more. You can purchase a precinct-walking map to contact voters in your precinct. Mine cost $4 at the Hamilton County Board of Elections. The map includes a list of voters in your precinct and how they have voted in primary elections. 85% are populist nonpartisan voters like you. Non-Affiliated voters.

Having your precinct walking map will enable you to collect signatures that are very close to 100% valid signatures.

Do Less: You can choose to do less. Download and print the ballot access petition you want to circulate from IVA web pages. Also download and print the Rules for Circulating Ballot Access Petitions to learn all the rules, a few, and clarify any questions as you participate. Get just a few signatures from spouse, children, family, or neighbors. Make a copy of your completed petition sheets, signed by you, and mail the original and copies to the right address. Sit back and rightfully feel like a good citizen.

Getting signatures from well known friends and family will enable you to collect signatures that are very close to 100% valid signatures.

Do Much More: You can choose to get both feet wet and have more fun than you have ever had in your life. Would you like to stand for office? Signatures need to be collected. "If not you, who? If not now, when?" Read this page about the minimum qualifications and activities required of candidates to be on the ballot. It may be easier than you think. For many public offices, a person is eligible for election at the age of eighteen.

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Ohio Cooperative Party Ballot Access Numbers: Ten valid signatures from 5,000 petition circulators (50,000 valid signatures) are more than the number of valid petition signatures needed to give any minor party ballot access under Ohio law. With 100,000 certified petition circulators one or two valid signatures at most are needed from each circulator for any Ohio petition. Valid signatures from a spouse and a neighbor can put any candidate, minor party, or issue on the ballot. With 100,000 certified petition circulators we can easily reform our Ohio political system. With as few as five thousand certified petition circulators across the state of Ohio we can accomplish ballot access miracles.

Continuous Cooperative Ballot Access: Twenty signatures every two years from 5,000+ OHIVA petition circulators (100,000+ signatures) from friends, neighbors, and family will certify OHIVA ballot access for all future elections. Every legislative candidate using OHIVA ballot access will need just 25 valid signatures, not 1000s, for ballot access. Statewide candidates will need just 1000, not 5000 valid signatures. With ballot access assured, nonpartisan candidates can successfully compete with the bipartisan monopoly.

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Each Local IVA keeps an updated database of certified petition circulator participants who live within the local IVA area. Each IVA participant is notified of every new petition or candidate shown on local IVA web pages. Participants will be removed immediately from any IVA database and Facebook event pages upon their request.

Participants who want to be involved in public petition activities can add their name to Facebook event lists or cell phone lists to participate in activities for petitions they choose to circulate. Participants without a computer or cell phone can keep up to date by using Facebook on a Public Library computer or on a friend's or relative's computer. Anyone can set up a free Facebook account on any available computer or smartphone. A lot of communication to coordinate petition activities will be done with Facebook group messaging or by cell phone texts.

Efficient Private Ballot Access: Some advice on The Best Public Places to Collect Signatures can be found on this page. The page also reveals the common sense IVA Strategy for Signature Gathering. (Numbers) (Your Voice)

All online petitions will be in Adobe Acrobat *.pdf format. Petitions on IVA web pages can be downloaded and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader on your home (or work) computer. All certified petition circulators with internet access and a printer will be able to produce petition sheets to circulate without leaving home (or office). (Or the public library.) Computer savvy IVA participants can help distribute ballot access petition sheets.

Multiple-page Issue Referendum Petitions in booklet form seem unlikely at this time to be available online. Participants can get copies of booklet petitions at a meeting, at a petition outing, from a nearby petition circulation leader, or by snail mail as a last resort. (Top of Page)

Active Petitions Page: Referendum issue petitions, such as Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), will be found on this page. Current local issue petitions will be accessed only from each Local IVA Ballot_Access.html web page where the issue is a local issue. Statewide issue petitions will be on each OHIVA Ballot_Access.html and Local IVA Ballot_Access.html web page published all over the state. Minor Party: Petitions to form new Ohio political parties can be accessed from Local IVA pages all over Ohio. The Green Party, the Independent Voters Alliance (OHIVA), the Libertarian Party, and others may circulate petitions to form minor Ohio political parties for elections beyond 2008.

Nonpartisan Independent Candidates on Your Ballot: (Petitions/Web Pages) Click here to see your local Nonpartisan.html page to see all declared candidates, local, state, and national, who may appear on ballots in your specific Local IVA web page area.

Petition Coordinator Contacts: Check progress on petitions you chose to circulate. Contacts for candidate, party, and issue petitions.



Nonpartisan Leadership:

IVA Priority: IVA Web Pages for Every Voting Precinct You can put in as much time as you like to manage IVA web pages for your community, precinct, town, county, or congressional district. Get a free web pages file on a Mini-CD or CD-R from any IVA Web Page Manager for material costs, under one dollar. The ZIP file includes all the easy instructions you will need to set up and manage your IVA web pages. Complete and submit the hamcoOHVA Gdoc Leadership Form to join the Hamilton County leadership team. The free can be received by email. Create and Manage IVA web pages for your Local Community or Electoral Area where you live and vote.

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Be a proactive citizen in your voting precinct.

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(IVA Priority) THIS PAGE Certify Petition Circulators

(Your Voice) Manage IVA Web Pages

(YOUR VOICE) Zoom Meet ups, Coffees, and Speakers

(MEETING) (Saturday) (Monthly) (Not Required)

(Petitions/Web Pages) Nonpartisan Candidates on Your Ballot

(Initiative/Party) Active Petitions

(Nonpartisan Candidate) Can You Stand for Public Office? (Qualify at 18 yrs.) (Gen X, Y Issues)

(Your Privilege) Proactive Citizenship

(Directory) Countywide Local IVA Home Page Links

(Directory) Precinct Local IVA Home Page Links

(Download, Print) Local IVA Documents

(A Civics100 Lesson) Political ID Card

(Links to Learning) Study Hall, Today's Politics

(Positive, Creative Blogs) Sounding Board (Improve the Politics We Live With)

(Referenda) Ohio Ballot Initiative Ideas Page

(Ohio Income Tax Credit) $50 for your Political Use

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(Directory) OHIVA Central Committee (Members Needed. Your Voice?)



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