Should I be concerned about signing a petition?
Whether or not you sign a petition is a personal choice.

Some people refuse to sign petitions. Reluctance to sign petitions makes it difficult for potential candidates without strong political party backing to get the requisite number of signatures and run for elected office. Signing a petition is an important way to participate in the electoral process.

Some people sign candidates' petitions on a first-come-first-served basis, without regard for the candidates' political beliefs. This practice can result in you signing a petition for a candidate who doesn't share your political philosophies, and who may have goals in government you oppose.

The best way to participate in the petition process is to become familiar with the candidates before signing. If a candidate, or his/her supporter, whom you are not familiar with approaches you for your signature, you may ask some questions about the candidate's beliefs and goals. Then you will be able to make an informed decision whether or not to sign the candidate's petition.

Signing a petition does not obligate you to vote for the candidate in the Primary or General Election.

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1. Can I register in person?
2. Can someone help me to vote?
3. Do I have to register every year?
4. How do candidates get on the ballot?
5. How do I enroll in a political party?
6. How can I get an absentee ballot?
7. How do I apply for an absentee ballot?
8. How do voting machines work?
9. How does an absentee ballot work?
10. How will I know where to vote?
11. If I register to vote, will I be called for jury duty?
12. Should I be concerned about signing a petition?
13. What happens if I can't vote on election day?
14. What is a Primary Election?
15. What do I need when I go to vote?
16. What do I do when I get to the polling place?
17. What if I have no absentee ballot application available?
18. What if I'm not permitted to vote?
19. When do I apply for an absentee ballot?
20. Where can I get a mail-in voter registration application?
21. Who can sign a petition?
22. Who can vote?
23. Who is eligible for an Absentee Ballot?
24. Why should I enroll in a political party?