Accounts of petition blockers

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Some paid petition blockers have memorialized their petition-blocking experiences.

Excerpts from the online diary of a 2006 Nebraska petition blocker

A petition blocker who was hired to work against the Nebraska Stop Overspending ballot initiative in 2006 reported in his online journal[1]

Excerpt One:

Backstory: I was hired as a petition blocker to help block the Stop Over Spending Nebraska petition, which imposes an artificial cap on state spending. The story of my first day follows. Okay, so I woke up and headed to the Super Saver at 27th and Cornhusker. I arrived there around 8:15 and no petitioners were there, so I did a slow loop (I was riding Kathleen's bike) of my area (Super Saver, the Home Depot across the street, Menards, and any fireworks stands in the way). A search yielded nothing, so I called Mike up and let him know that I hadn't found any petitioners, and that they may be camping fireworks stands. I continue my loop again until five minutes later, when he calls me back. "They need help up at the Wal-Mart on 27th and Superior," he told me.

Excerpt Two:

"I glanced up to see two of my Decline to Sign colleagues had finished their impromptu meeting with someone in a car (I assume a director) so I walked toward them. They greeted me warmly and told me that the petitioner I had just tangled with was very nice (not to me, I pointed out) and that she had put the petitions we were trying to block away. Together the three of us stationed ourselves by the south doors; Sue (the older lady, whom I was speaking with) and Nicole took the south side, I manned the north. The lady there indeed seemed to not be circulating our petition.

Excerpt Three:

A little later, since we had the situation well under control, I hopped back on the bike and moved north, swinging by the Sam's Club. Laurie and another petition blocker were there, chatting amiably with an older African-American lady who was trying to circulate petitions; Laurie advised me to move a bit farther to Hy-Vee, because there was a petitioner there who was currently sitting in the cafe, eating. "She's pretty easy to drive off," Laurie said. "You ought to have no problem." We looked, saw her emerging from the Hy-Vee, and I grinned. It was time to fight.

References

  1. Woo Politics" (timed out) An online diary of a petition blocker, July 4, 2006