In 2001 a group of citizens in Sandusky, Ohio tried to change the city government to a mayor/ward system. This site tells about that election. The site remains for others to use for research or to learn what can happen in their own fight for change.
Sanduskians for Mayor/Ward 2001
"A mayor form and ward system basically provides more direct participation from the citizens. The government becomes more proactive, more goal-oriented, because there's basically a voter referendum every four years on the city's leadership." - Kevin Zeiher
"The ward system identifies a person with a particular area of town, and he'll be more responsible to those people in that area." - Dannie Edmon
We have finished with the petitions. This is here to help other communities with their petitions.
Rules Governing Petitions
you embark on this endeavor, you need to understand the rules.
You must know
that you’ll be conducting an action that our city government considers
hostile. If you do not dot all the “I’s” and cross all the “T’s”,
the city can be expected to use this to keep this off the ballot.
Before you let someone sign the
petition, ask if he/she is a registered voter of the City of Sandusky.
(If someone accidentally signs who is not a registered voted of Sandusky, cross
that name off.) If not registered, ask them if they want to register.
Always have voter registration forms handy. Move on quickly if the person is not
Signatures must be in ink.
Signatures must be personally affixed by registered electors
who are qualified to vote in Sandusky.
(Absolutely, DO NOT let a wife sign for a husband or someone sign for a
relative. When the City got the last petition they called people on the
telephone, questioning signatures.)
Remind people to write clearly and legibly. If
a signature is illegible, neatly print the name above it.
People must use the residence address where they are registered to vote, NOT a post office box
Always be polite and respectful.
In addition to achieving ballot access, the signature-gathering campaign hopes
to be developing awareness of the issue so when it comes to a vote, it will
easily pass. Make a good first impression!
Develop a standard speech,
such as, "Hello! Are you a registered voter of the City of Sandusky? ...
I'm gathering signatures for the mayor/ward petition. Could I have your
signature?" If you're nervous, having this speech ready can help.
Relax! You don't have to be perfect,
and you don't have to get a signature from every person you approach.
Don't get discouraged by refusals or even the occasional rude comment. If you
keep at it, you'll get plenty of signatures, and that's what counts.
circulator may not sign the same petition paper that he or she is circulating;
a circulator may, however, sign a petition paper being circulated by a different
circulating the petition, circulators must sign the statement on the back of the
petition or the petition will be invalid. Under
“Statement of Circulator” print
your name in the first blank. Write the number of signatures in the next blank.
Sign your name where it says “Circulator’s Signature”. Write you street
address and under it the town and state and zip code where you live –
“Sandusky, Ohio 44870”
We need as
many people gathering signatures as possible. If you know of someone who would
help – Give them a blank petition with the rules or call Barb and she will
drop off the forms.
All petitions must be turned in by July 28th. Even
if you only collected one name, please turn in the petition! That one signature
may make the difference in getting this issue on the ballet.
You can pick up blank petitions and turn in completely filled out petitions to Darwitt Garrett, (his address)
For more information call: Bxxxx Gxxxxx 419-xxx-xxx; Dxxxxx Gxxxxx 419-xxx-xxx
Send me your email and I will send you updates. Check the website for updates.
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