Ballot Access Petitioning Instructions
WHO CAN SIGN the LPO BALLOT ACCESS PETITION? WHO CAN CIRCULATE IT?
- Any registered Ohio voter may sign the petition, regardless of current or prior party registration.
- Any registered Ohio voter may circulate the petition (gather signatures), but a circulator may not sign a petition form he or she is circulating.
- Neither signing nor circulating a petition will result in a change of party registration of any kind, nor does it obligate one to vote Libertarian.
WHAT FORM DO I USE?
- Use the form linked on this page, or request physical copies of the form at https://lpo.nationbuilder.com/contact, or by calling Political Director Tricia Sprankle at 614-264-2984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Each petition must be on legal sized paper (8½” x 14”). Make sure you have this size paper before trying to print the form yourself.
- Each petition must be double-sided and must be printed with the top of page two at the bottom of page one. So, if you flip the page from bottom to top, page two will be ready to go.
- If you have any trouble at all printing these, just call Political Director Tricia Sprankle at 614-264-2984 or email email@example.com and we will get you as many as you need as quickly as possible.
HOW DO I GATHER SIGNATURES?
- The person who circulates a petition must personally witness each signature on that petition being signed. Do not allow anyone to sign on behalf of someone else, and NEVER sign for anyone, even if he or she asks you to. (We are checking on what to do if someone who wishes to sign is physically unable to do so).
- Use only INK, dark blue and black highly recommended.
- Each petition form must contain voter signatures from ONLY ONE county. If you are in a borderline neighborhood or a festival/fair/event, take more than one petition with you. In fact, when deciding how many forms to take with you or request from the LPO, always overestimate how many you need.
- The address must be legible, and the signature should be as similar as possible to the one used when registering to vote. The county BOEs will first look up the ADDRESS of each petition signer, then check to see if the signature resembles one they have on file for a registered voter at that address.
- CD# column—leave this blank unless you are 100 percent certain of the US Congressional District that each address is in. Voters in the same county may in fact be in different districts. The LPO will fill this out prior to submitting if left blank.
- Complete the Circulator's Statement. Write your name and the number of signatures that are actually on each individual petition you are turning in. The maximum is 35, but you may turn in forms with only a few, or even just one, signature.
- Sign at the end and fill in your address.
WHERE DO I SEND PETITION FORMS AFTER GETTING SIGNATURES?
All completed petitions should be sent to LPO headquarters:
Libertarian Party of Ohio
2586 Tiller Lane, Suite 2K
Columbus, OH 43231-2265
If you have any questions whatsoever, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Political Director Tricia Sprankle at 614-264-2984.