Thank you for helping Judge Elliot Howsie get on the ballot! 

This is your packet to help guide you in signing and/or collecting valid signatures to help get Judge Elliot Howsie on the ballot in 2021.

This packet has two sections:

  1. A section for people who would like to sign a petition only.

  2. A section for people who would like to collect signatures from those within a household or workplace.

 

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GET STARTED:

  • There are 9 seats open for the Court of Common Pleas so one voter can sign petitions for 9 different candidates running for the Court of Common Pleas. (ex: voters can sign a petition for Judge Howsie and 8 other candidates)

  • A signature does not mean a vote, it only helps a candidate get onto the ballot.

  • Signatures can be collected between February 16 and March 9.

  • We included a Democratic and Republican petition with this packet because Judge Howsie is cross-filing.

  • Judge Elliot Howsie needs 500 Democratic and 500 Republican signatures to get on the ballot for the upcoming election. Every single signature is precious!

 

When the petition is signed and/or completed, please return it by:

  • Sending the petition to the campaign:

Keep Judge Elliot Howsie

PO Box 7273

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  • Calling the campaign for dropoff and pickup locations:

(724) 705-4867

Campaign Contact:

Campaign Manager: Lucas Bezerra

Email: lucas@elliothowsie.org

Phone: (724) 705-4867

 

 

SECTION 1: Signing a petition

  • To sign a petition, you must be a registered Democrat or Republican in Allegheny County.

  • If you are the only person signing the petition, please only sign one line on the petition.

  • DO NOT sign the circulator line.

 

 

SECTION 2: Circulating a petition

  • To be a petition circulator, you must be a registered voter in Allegheny County.

  • The petition does not need to have every line completed. Collect as many as you can and if you need more petition copies, the campaign will get you another petition.

  • Please stay safe and follow CDC Guidelines during the pandemic.

  • Party affiliation does not matter for circulators. (eg. a registered Independent can collect both Republican and Democratic signatures; a Democrat can collect Republican signatures; a Republican can collect Democratic signatures).

 

Materials to have when circulating a petition:

  1. A copy of the petition for voters to sign

  2. Black or blue ink pens for voters to use (DO NOT USE OTHER COLORS)

  3. A copy of Judge Howsie’s background and experience (www.elliothowsie.org)

 

Interacting with voters:

  • Be familiar with the proposal – read background information to discuss.

  • Be polite and informative – you are representing the Campaign.

  • Do not expend too much time on persuasion – the goal is to collect signatures.

  • If you are collecting signatures outside of your household, please be safe and follow CDC guidelines during the pandemic. Where a mask!

  • You can collect signatures at individual residences, your workplace, social gatherings or public venues.

 

Rules for circulating a petition:

  • The petition has two main parts:

    • The voter signature lines

    • The circulator section

Voter signature lines:

  • Who can Sign

  • How to Sign

    • The voter, in his or her own hand, must fill out all the information requested on the line in black ink:

    • NO DITTO LINES; NO PREFILLING OUT INFORMATION FOR VOTERS (e.g. date).

  • Do’s and Don’t for signers

    • Use the name on voter registration. (Derivatives such as “Bill” for “William” or “Matt” for “Matthew” can be used; nicknames such as “Duke” for “Burris” cannot be used).

    • The line asks for the city, borough, or township NOT the mailing address. (E.g. a voter lives in the borough of Mt. Lebanon but uses “Pittsburgh” as a mailing address; the voter should write Mt. Lebanon on the petition line).

    • Obvious abbreviations for municipalities can be used. (E.g., an individual with larger handwriting wants to write Mt. Lebo. for Mt. Lebanon or Pgh for City of Pittsburgh. Those abbreviations are acceptable because they are readily identifiable. “ML” or “P” as abbreviations are less likely to be accepted.)

    • Actual residences must be listed – NOT P.O. boxes

    • Voters who have recently moved within Allegheny County should list the address of their most recent registration. Voters who have moved into Allegheny County from outside of Allegheny County must be registered at their Allegheny County address before signing the Petition.

    • Disabled voters who cannot fill out the form should have their designated representative fill out the line, NOT THE CIRCULATOR.

    • Obtain signatures in consecutive order, moving from lines 1-25. Note that a petition is valid even if a circulator obtains less than 25 signatures.

  • Errors

    • If the voter makes an error that you identify while the voter is still present, the voter should cross off the line with the error and start again on a new line.

 

Circulator section:

  • Sign the circulator section precisely as the form at the bottom of the petition outlines.

  • Once the circulator signs the circulator section, the petition is complete and should be returned to the Campaign.

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