Sensible B.C. petition has less than one-third of signatures
By the halfway mark of the HST petition campaign period in 2010, Fight HST had already gathered the required number of signatures in most of B.C.'s ridings.
The same can't be said for the Sensible B.C. initiative to decriminalize adult marijuana possession in the province. Today (October 17), an email was sent to Sensible B.C. supporters, featuring this purported memo from volunteer coordinator Nick Whitehead to campaign director Dana Larsen:
You asked me for an update as we approach the mid-point of our 90-day campaign.
At this rate, we'll have about 115,000 signatures by October 23, which is Day 45. As you know, we need at least 400,000 signatures by December 5.
The good news is that we're getting lots more signatures every week! So we have great momentum, with swelling support.
The bad news is that we have under a third of what we need, and we're almost at the halfway point of our campaign!
It's not a bad start Dana, but we need to see substantial growth during our second half or we're not going to make it.
What we really need is more people collecting signatures!
People need to understand that they can make a huge difference just by getting 4 signatures a day! Heck, even if they only sign up their friends and family, that's a big help.
So how can we motivate more people to register as canvassers? They just need to fill out four lines on one piece of paper, it's not that hard!
The 3,000 canvassers we have are doing great. They're having fun, making new friends and really bringing in the signatures. Our local organizers have plenty of banners, posters, buttons, clipboards and other supplies.
We just need more boots on the ground!
If we had another thousand people each averaging just four signatures a day, we'd have this campaign in the bag!
We have over 20,000 people on our email list. We know they care about marijuana reform. What's it going to take to get more of them off the couch and involved in getting some signatures?
Thanks Dana. I'll see you at the staff meeting tomorrow. We really need to talk about how to get more people registered to help collect signatures!
Elections B.C. issued the petition to Larsen on September 9. For it to be successful, registered canvassers must obtain the signatures of at least 10 percent of registered voters in every one of the province’s 85 electoral districts by December 9. That would force the B.C. government to look at holding a provincewide vote under the Recall and Initiative Act in 2014.
For that happen, though, Sensible B.C.'s campaign—which hasn't gotten anything close to the media coverage enjoyed by Fight HST—needs to pick up some major steam in the coming weeks.