One of the challenges you’ll face putting Your Name On The Ballot will be to make sure you submit at least the minimum number of “valid” signatures, without going over the “Maximum” number of signatures allowed.
The following will not provide a 100% guarentee that the signers signature is valid, but it will help you weed out signers that are not valid (wrong precint or district, not registered at the address provided).
You should be asking your signers their Party. If they are not the correct party, they shouldn’t sign.
A valid signature is one who is registered in the “Party” and “district” as the seat your running for.
If your using a walking list that was properly sorted by party and district, this should not be a problem. If people are randomly signing your packet without careful scrutiny as to their party or district, you may find that you have the maximum number of signatures, yet you still don”t have the minimum number of “valid” signatures.
There are two sources for walking lists, your county Board of Elections may be able to supply you with a pre-sorted list for your party and district (precinct). They may charge a small fee for this and it could take a day or two.
You can also download the entire database for you county, or state senate/house district from the Sec of States office. (CLICK HERE). You can then use Microsoft Excel to load, sort, and print the information you need.
Once you have your signatures, you can do a quick verification of the people who signed your packet to see if they are registered in the Party, and they are registered in the district your running in. Odds are, if these are correct, the signature itself will be valid.
The following “How to” will describe a way to do a quick Sec of State verification of your packets.
1) Go to the Sec of State Voter Registration Lookup page. (CLICK HERE). Enter the persons first and last name, and select the county they are in. Unfortunately, it does not accept wildcards and the spelling must be exact.
2) If this is a common name and there are a lot of people with the same name, you’ll be asked to select the street from a dropdown.
3) You’ll then see a short list of names and addresses. Click on the name of the person who you believe it is.
4) You can now see the complete Voter Registration information, including the Precinct, the Federal, and State house and Senate districts.
5) Verify the districts or Precincts are correct, depending on the office your running for.
IMPORTANT – This list does NOT show you the party affiliation. You will need to got your walking list to get that data. However, You should be asking the person before they sign, What party are they registered with.