By Mark Wachtler, OppositionNews.org:
June 15, 2016. Lincoln, NE (ONN) You’ve heard of Crowd Funding before. Welcome to Crowd Petitioning. Since America’s two establishment political parties have put in place unfair barriers and hurdles to keep opposition political parties off our nation’s election ballots, third parties have been forced to come up with creative ways to get their candidates listed on the ballot. The latest tactic, compliments of the Constitution Party, is Crowd Petitioning.
Think of it as a ‘flash mob’ for ballot access. The phenomenon known as a flash mob isn’t so much a phenomenon as much as a well coordinated and well timed group activity. Typically, social media and cell phones are used to send a request to hundreds of people asking them to show up at a specific location at a specific time. There, unsuspecting bystanders are surprised to see a hundred or more seemingly unrelated people unite to perform a dance, rally for a cause, or sometimes commit a group robbery of a store.
But in the case of the Constitution Party and the Darrell Castle for President campaign, the flash mob will be collecting petition signatures to secure the inclusion of the Party’s slate of candidates on a specific state’s November election ballot. At the moment, Castle and the CP are targeting five states for their Crowd Petitioning effort – Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Alabama.
The Castle 2016 campaign team recently explained Crowd Petitioning saying, “Crowd Petitioning works when everyone gives whatever they can give: a financial contribution, their signature on a petition, their time to gather signatures, and their time to contact family and friends to get them involved. Every signature or donation, no matter how small becomes an essential part of the Crowd that grows bit by bit until the goal is achieved.”
The campaign used a poem by Edward Everett Hale to illustrate their point:
I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
The team is also reminding Constitution Party members and supporters that they don’t have to be a resident of a certain state to collect ballot access petitions there (except Kansas where you must be a Kansas resident). By putting out the call nationwide, especially in neighboring states, the Party and its candidates are targeting one state at a time to secure their placement on each state’s General Election ballot.
The Castle for President campaign team reminds supporters, “Working together with like-minded Constitutional Conservatives will make a difference in this year’s presidential election. United we stand as Americans seeking to re-establish the American Constitutional Republic, or together we remain under the control of the political establishment that seeks to drag us kicking and screaming into a world in which there is no Rule of Law, only the rule of political masters. Keeping our Liberty requires action. The time to ACT is NOW!”
As detailed on the Constitution Party’s Election Central Ballot Access web page, the Party is already ballot-qualified in 18 states – ALASKA, ARKANSAS, COLORADO, FLORIDA, HAWAII, IDAHO, MICHIGAN, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, NEVADA, NEW JERSEY, NEW MEXICO, OREGON, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, UTAH and WYOMING. Petitioning is currently under way in 24 more states. The window for signature gathering hasn’t begun yet in 8 states. And the Party sees only 2 states whose obstacles are so great, their candidate’s inclusion on the ballot is in jeopardy – Texas and North Carolina.
For more information or to find out how you can help get the Party’s candidates on the ballot, visit the Constitution Party at ConstitutionParty.com or the Darrell Castle for President campaign atCastle2016.com.