Steve G.

Massachusetts filed a stack of nominating papers over two feet high

In Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Politics on August 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm

When stacked together, the Massachusetts state Libertarian Party’s nominating papers were more than two feet high.  The signatures were collected by both volunteers and paid petitioners, and the state party spent more than $40,000 to collect, verify, and file the signatures, including printing, shipping, and transportation costs.

Other states could learn a lot from Massachusetts’ example.  Great job, LP-Mass!

  1. Hate to be nit-picky, but I think you got the decimal in the wrong place…

    Last I heard (and I am on the LPMA State Committee 😉 ) the LPMA and the Phillies for President campaign had spent about $7,000 on gathering the sigs, with an additional amount (I’m not sure how much offhand) from National.

    I can’t believe we spent several times that amount on getting the sigs validated and turned in…

    We did have to spend a large amount on postage and reimbursing people for vehicle useage – there are 351 cities and towns in the state, and petitions have to be submitted to each one and collected after being verified – this means either round trip postage (used for towns w/ few sheets) or two in-person visits (for towns that had lots of sigs – we didn’t want to risk the Post Office losing them) which adds up… I can believe we spent $4,000 in addition to the amounts paid to petitioners for the actual sigs, but not $40,000…

    However I do think that it’s an important point to make, that you need to budget for more than just the cost of the paid petitioners – the additional costs add up…


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