On Thursday, March 6, 2008 City of Cleveland City Councilors Zack Reed and Brian Cummins addressed the media and the County Commissioners at the Commissioners scheduled meeting on the fourth floor of the County Administration Building. Following is the text of the statement that Mr. Cummins presented to the Commission.
Put It On The Ballot
By the end of the day Saturday, August 25, 2007, the http://putitontheballot.com volunteer canvassers had not reached our goal to obtain over 45,000 Cuyahoga County registered voters signatures – and we knew we needed at least 25% more than 45000 (many signatures in petition drives are found to be no good because, for example, the signers had moved and the address on the petition was different than the address where the voter was shown registered on the Board of Elections database).
TAX REFERENDUM GROUP ANNOUNCES DRIVE-THRU PETITION
LAST CHANCE TO SIGN PETITIONS
Your last chance to put the sales tax issue on the
ballot by signing a petition will be Saturday, August
25, 2007 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Come join the putitontheballot.com volunteers at the
following drive-thru locations:
• Main Cleveland Post Office, 2400 Orange Avenue,
The referendum drive to date has accrued costs for petition printing, web site hosting and development, domain names, etc. Approximately $6,000 dollars has been spent to date. All labor involved in collecting signatures to date has been
volunteered. People have given hundreds of hours of their time (and expertise) in order to putitontheballot.
Putitontheballot.com would love to have you as a volunteer petition canvasser. There are so many summer events taking place (with some of our hard core volunteers at weddings and on vacations) that we would very much appreciate your feet on the ground in this exercise of democracy. Please click on the contact link and send us an email and let us know if you will help circulate the putitontheballot.com sales tax referendum petition.
TO CIRCULATE A PETITION:
To circulate a petition you must be a resident of Ohio and must sign your name to each petition as having witnessed the signatures on that petition. You cannot be a signer of your own petition.
Tim Hagan and Jimmy Dimora have raised our sales tax by another ¼% without asking us first. That's about one million dollars per week collected for twenty years. The tax collected is not earmarked in the Resolultions (readable elsewhere on this web site) for anything specific - the money goes into the county's "general fund". We want to make that decision for ourselves.
PUT IT ON THE BALLOT ● for or against the tax is not the issue
Councilman Zack Reed will be on WJMO 1490 on your radio dial Monday August 27, 2007, to talk about the referendum from 8 to 9 a.m. This is a call-in show and Zack's says that he would welcome calls about your experience with the campaign.
Put It On The Ballot Team
I got this in from Gloria this morning--
Councilman Zack Reed will be on WJMO 1490 on your radio dial tomorrow Monday August 27, 2007 to talk about the referendum from 8 to 9 a.m. This is a call-in show and Zack's says that he would welcome calls about your experience with the campaign.
Put It On The Ballot Team
Some of you have asked for some scripting to assist in "cutting to the chase" in the Put It On The Ballot (PIOTB) petition drive, so here goes--please feel free to email us back with any suggestions, additions, or recommendations.
So often, we wonder what to say and how to say it when it comes to asking our neighbors for signatures in a petition drive. What are the perfect words to charm, cajole, and convince? Should I talk a little or talk a lot? Should I inform fully or work in sound bytes? What will it take to get the job done?