The following is a partial list of NPM’s signature-gathering
Maine – Biddeford Racino Citizen’s Initiative
Signatures for this Ocean Properties sponsored initiative were submitted
to Maine’s Secretary of State January 20, 2011. The gathering of 86,270
signatures started October 19th and was completed November 15th. NPM
coordinated delivery and retrieval of petitions to 421 Maine
municipalities. Currently awaiting certification by the Secretary of
Wal-Mart San Diego Referendum
Qualification of this Wal-Mart referendum was accomplished in 18 days. A
total of 53,948 signatures were submitted to the City of San Diego Clerk
on December 29, 2010. Notice of Sufficiency was received on January 25,
2011 with a 78% valid signature rate.
Wal-Mart Menifee Special Election Initiative
This special election initiative required only 10 days (November 26 –
December 5, 2010) to gather 8,147 signatures. Signatures were submitted
to Menifee City Clerk on December 9, 2010. Initiative declared
sufficient on January 20, 2011 with 81% valid signature rate.
Nevada Harrah’s Arena Legislative Petition
Signature gathering to allow an arena to be built in Las Vegas started
on September 6, 2010. This was the first initiative to be qualified with
Nevada’s very difficult congressional districts requirement as opposed
to county requirements. A total of 213,235 signatures were gathered and
submitted to Nevada counties on November 8th to qualify this issue for
presentation to the legislature. Signature gathering was continually
hampered by litigation, blocking efforts organized by MGM, and signature
rescission efforts. NPM’s state-of-the-art validation system was used to
track qualification by congressional districts.
Washington Ax Tax Hikes on Food and Beverage Initiative
A very short time frame was allowed to qualify this Washington statewide
initiative. Signature gathering started on June 11, 2010 and finished
June 25th – 15 days. A total of 395,103 signatures were submitted to the
Washington Secretary of State (324,074 paid and 71,029 direct mail
signatures) to successfully qualify this initiative for placement on
Washington’s November ballot.
California Jobs Statutory Initiative
The purpose of this initiative was to delay implementation of
California’s AB 32 legislation. Signature gathering started on March 3,
2010 and was completed April 26, 2010. A total of 807,946 signatures
were submitted to California counties on May 3, 2010 to successfully
qualify this issue for the November ballot.
Stop Hidden Taxes – California Constitutional Initiative
A California constitutional initiative to redefine fees as taxes was
qualified for the November 2010 ballot by collecting and submitting
1,121,970 signatures gathered between February 22, 2010 and April 30,
2010. Signatures were submitted to California counties on May 6, 2010.
Let Voters Decide – Missouri Statutory Initiative
This Missouri initiative allowing voters to decide the fate of cities
earnings taxes was highly controversial, making signature gathering more
difficult than expected. Regardless, NPM qualified the initiative in
seven of Missouri’s nine congressional districts by submitting 201,223
signatures gathered between January 20, 2010 and April 12, 2010. NPM’s
state-of-the-art 100% verification system was used to monitor this issue
with the final results being within 3.45% of the Missouri’s Secretary of
State’s results. Overall rate of valid signatures was 79.72%.
Voters FIRST Act of Congress – California Constitutional Amendment
This constitutional amendment created an independent commission to draw
up California congressional districts. Signature gathering started on
November 3, 2009 and was completed February 23, 2010. A total of
1,176,269 signatures were submitted to California counties on March 10th
to successfully qualify this issue for the November 2010 ballot.
Maine – Black Bear Entertainment - Oxford Gaming Citizen’s
Qualification of this Maine gaming initiative was accomplished by the
gathering of 96,739 signatures. Signature gathering starting October 15,
2009 and was completed November 3, 2009 (on election day – 52,000
signatures were gathered at 130 polling locations). NPM coordinated
delivery and retrieval of signatures to Maine municipalities and
successfully qualified the issue for the November 2010 ballot.
Californians for Fair Auto Insurance – California Statutory
Signature gathering for this California statutory initiative started on
August 20, 2009. On August 31, 2009, after the gathering of 152,000
signatures, the proponent elected to re-apply for title and summary.
Qualification started again on October 30, 2009. A total of 718,000
signatures were collected by December 7, 2009. Signatures were submitted
to California counties on December 14, 2009 to successfully qualify this
issue for Californian’s June 2010 ballot.
Cuyahoga County Ohio – Go Cuyahoga
This Cuyahoga County charter reform initiative was successfully
qualified by the gathering of 75,890 signatures between June 20th and
July 8, 2009.
Maine – Stand for Marriage Maine
More than 100,000 signatures (46,000 paid signatures and 54,000
volunteer signatures) were gathered during the month of June 2009 to
successfully qualify this Maine citizens’ initiative.
Salinas for Consumer Choice - California
Signatures for this Wal-Mart sponsored referendum were gathered during a
13-day period, March 14 – March 26, 2009. A total of 7,201 signatures
were submitted to the City of Salinas and are currently being certified.
Fed Up With Taxes – Maine
This American Beverage Association sponsored Maine People’s Veto was
qualified for the ballot by gathering 95,000 signatures between May 17,
2008 and June 11, 2008. Rate of valid signatures was in excess of 80%.
YES for School Choice – Missouri
Challenges from anti-gaming groups delayed gathering signatures until
March 10, 2008. Along with the late start came competition from five
additional issues gathering signatures in the same congressional
districts…of those, only two were successful. National Petition
Management successfully gathered 178,806 signatures and qualified this
issue with a 77% overall rate of valid signatures. National Petition
Management’s state of the art verification system was used to verify
100% of the names and congressional districts.
Michigan Stem Cell Research and Cures
Signature gathering for this controversial Michigan constitutional
amendment did not commence until March 15, 2008. A total of 570,016
signatures were gathered and submitted prior to the July 7th deadline.
National Petition Management’s state of the art 100% name verification
system was utilized to delete duplicates and, based on Michigan’s random
sample verification method, qualified with an 88% rate of valid
California Safe Neighborhood
This statutory amendment was sponsored by California State Senator
George Runner and was qualified for the November 2008 ballot by
submitting 785,572 signatures collected between February 18, 2008 and
April 16, 2008. Rate of valid signatures, based on California’s random
sample verification method, was 77%.
My Ohio Now
NPM commenced gathering signatures on this constitutional gaming
initiative in January 2008. National Petition Management was forced to
fund the project for several weeks, during which 158,756 signatures were
gathered prior to stopping the signature gathering effort.
Thousand Oaks California
This city traffic initiative was qualified for ballot placement by
gathering 16,361 signatures (greater than15% of Thousand Oaks registered
voters) between November 6, 2007 and December 7, 2007.
Washington State Referendum 67
This frivolous lawsuit referendum was qualified for Washington’s
November 2007 ballot by gathering a total of 155,000 signatures during
the month of June 2007.
San Francisco Parking Ordinance
Signatures (18,351) for this parking ordinance were gathered during a
40-day period staring June 1, 2007 through July 9, 2007. The issue was
certified for ballot placement.
Save Our Anaheim Resort Referendum and Initiative
Signatures to qualify this highly controversial Disney zoning referendum
were gathered in less than 30 days – April 25, 2007 – May 20, 2007. Due
to an intense anti-petition signing effort mounted by opponents of this
issue, a majority of the 20,000 plus signatures had to be gathered
through a well-organized door-to-door effort.
A total of 31,000 Signatures were gathered on this Disney sponsored
zoning related initiative from June 8, 2007 through July 9, 2007. A
portion of those signatures (13,000) had been gathered prior to our
being retained through the efforts of a competitor who had been
North Dallas Justice of the Peace District Three
A total of 97,549 signatures were gathered to qualify this Texas local
option liquor issue – the largest local option liquor project ever
attempted in Texas. Signatures were gathered in 42 days – October 23,
2006 – December 3, 2006.
Long Beach for Consumer Choice
Signatures for this Wal-Mart sponsored referendum were gathered during
October 2006. A total of 33,300 signatures were submitted to the City of
Long Beach. Los Angeles County certified this issue for ballot placement
on December 18, 2006.
Repeal the Single Business Tax
This Michigan legislative amendment was submitted to the Secretary of
State in a record 79 days after the start of signature gathering – March
10, 2006. The issue qualified and was enacted by the Michigan
Taxpayers for Accountability and Better Schools
A total of 1,165,787 signatures were gathered and submitted in 73 days
for this California constitutional amendment – March 1, 2006 – May 12,
2006. The amendment qualified for the November 2006 California ballot.
The Transportation Funding and Protection Act of 2006
Circulation of this California constitutional amendment started January
27, 2006. On May 2, 2006 a majority of the 1,133,966 signatures –
899,234 - gathered were submitted to California counties. The remaining
signatures were purposely withheld by the client, awaiting favorable
results from California’s legislators. A compromise was reached and the
remaining signatures were not submitted.
Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative
A title and summary challenge delayed the start of signature gathering
on this project for three months. Signature gathering commenced on
January 27, 2006 and a total of 287,823 signatures were gathered and
submitted to the Secretary of State on May 1, 2006. Missouri requires an
initiative to qualify in six of Missouri’s nine congressional
districts…Stem Cell qualified in seven districts and was placed on the
November 2006 ballot.
Californians for Sensible Lawsuit Reform
A total of 660,000 plus signatures to qualify this California statutory
initiative were collected during March and April 2006. A compromise was
reached by proponents of the issue prior to submitting the signatures to
Wine at Food Stores – Massachusetts Initiative
The first phase of signature gathering on this project started on
September 20, 2005 and was completed October 12, 2005. A total of
108,000 signatures were submitted, and of those, 85% were certified. The
second phase of this project was successfully completed in June 2006.
Reform Ohio Now – Constitutional Amendment
A total of 520,789 signatures were submitted to qualify this
constitutional amendment for the November 2005 ballot. Signature
collection commenced on June 1, 2005 and ended August 11, 2005. While
signature requirements had to be met in 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties, NPM
qualified in 72 of the 88 counties.
Citizens to Save California – Five California Special Election
3,584,958 signatures were collected between March 1, 2005 and May 7,
2005 to qualify Governor Schwarzenegger’s “Reform California”
initiatives. Of this total, 979,409 signatures were collected in 30 days
to qualify the “Live Within Our Means” constitutional amendment.
Nevadans Against Frivolous Lawsuits – Nevada Statutory Initiative
Signatures were gathered on this insurance-sponsored initiative during
the months of September and October 2004. A total of 80,068 signatures
were gathered in all 17 counties. The client decided not to submit the
signatures as a result of having reached a compromise for the upcoming
Let Voters Decide – Yes! – Michigan Constitutional Amendment
Qualification of this gambling expansion issue was accomplished by
gathering 500,690 signatures in 60 days (May 5 – July 5, 2004). This was
the first project in which NPM successfully utilized a 100% verification
process that included scanning, key-punching and comparing names against
the current Michigan qualified voter file.
Californians Against Shakedown Lawsuits – California Statutory
This amendment was qualified in 2004 by gathering 648,019 signatures –
January 2nd through March 30th.
Californians for Stem Cell Research – California Constitutional
During a 90-day period (January 15 – April 15, 2004) a total of
1,036,722 signatures were gathered to qualify this controversial issue
for the November 2004 ballot.
Lancaster Citizens for Economic Growth and Rowlett Partners for
Progress – Texas City Liquor Law Initiatives
Petitions to place liquor law amendments on the ballots in Lancaster and
Rowlett Texas were qualified during November and December 2003.
Coalition for a Better San Diego – Hotel Industry – San Diego,
During September and October 2003 in excess of 100,000 signatures were
gathered to qualify this lodging tax increase designed to augment
funding for police and fire protection as well as fund the marketing of
tourism in San Diego. Prior to submitting the signatures the city
council placed the issue on the ballot.
Contra Costa Citizens for Choice – Contra Costa County California
– Wal-Mart Referendum
During the month of June 2003 this big-box referendum was qualified for
the ballot by gathering in excess of 40,000 signatures.
Corona Residents for Responsible Utility Service - Corona
Initiative During April of 2003 NPM collected more than 12,000 paid and
direct mail signatures on this Edison Power Company issue.
Building Industry Association of Southern California - Riverside
A total of 47,313 signatures were gathered on this referendum petition
during the period from December 26, 2002 through January 17, 2003 for
the purpose of referring the issue of increased building fees to a
special election ballot. County Supervisors agreed to negotiate with
builders prior to submission of the signatures.
Inglewood Committee for Open Competition - A Coalition of
Inglewood Residents and Wal-Mart Stores
During a 23-day period in November 2002, a total of 7,362 signatures
were gathered from Inglewood, California registered voters in order to
refer an anti big-box issue to a special election ballot. The city
council rescinded the ordinance prior to the signatures being submitted.
This issue was placed on the ballot when NPM gathered another 10,000
signatures in September 2003.
Kansas Bi-state Renewal Committee – Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas does not have a statewide initiative and referendum process.
However, issues can be petitioned to the ballot at the city level.
Between May 10 and June 17, 2002 a total of 19,363 signatures were
gathered on a city petition to place a bi-state sports and arts tax
question on the ballot.
Idaho Coalition for Indian Self-Reliance – Idaho Initiative
Over the course of the winter of 2001/2002 a total of 72,531 signatures
were gathered to successfully qualify this issue which would allow
select Idaho tribes to retain gaming machines currently in use.
The Healthy Michigan Initiative – Michigan Constitutional
A total of 430,450 signatures were gathered, successfully qualifying
this constitutional amendment dealing with reallocation of state tobacco
proceeds. Signatures were gathered from March 10, 2002 through June 23,
The Committee on Pre-K – Florida Constitutional Amendment
A total of 699,436 signatures were gathered on this amendment to
authorize state funded pre-K for four year olds. We successfully
qualified this issue for the November 2002 ballot.
Racial Privacy Initiative – California Constitutional Amendment
This controversial issue was the only constitutional amendment
circulated during the spring of 2002. Several statutory petitions were
competing for signature gatherers at a higher rate. A financial push at
the end of the project helped generate a total of 960,773 signatures -
enough to qualify the issue for the March 2004 primary ballot.
The Ohio Taxpayers Association – City of Columbus Referendum
This 12-day project during July 2002 generated 6,568 signatures to
successfully place this issue regarding increased taxes on rental cars
on the November ballot.
Santa Monicans Fighting Against Irresponsible Regulation – Santa
Monica, California Referendum
This very volatile issue involved a living-wage ordnance passed by the
City Council. Strong opposition from unions required that most
signatures (7,500) be gathered during the evenings via a door-to-door
effort. We successfully qualified this issue for the ballot during a
one-month campaign in the summer of 2001.
Glendora Recall – City of Glendora, California
Three separate petitions were circulated and a total of 11,654
signatures gathered to successfully qualify this effort to recall three
city council members. Due to extreme opposition, the signatures were
gathered through a door-to-door effort occurring from September 1
through September 10, 2001.
No on State Control of Property Taxes – Ohio Referendum
National Petition Management did the first phase of qualification of
this hotly contested annexation, taxing bill. During a 29-day period in
the fall of 2001, a total of 227,661 signatures were gathered in 44 Ohio
counties to qualify the issue for a cure period in which to gather
additional signatures. Progressive Campaigns substantially underbid
National Petition Management for signature gathering during the cure
process - they were unable to qualify the issue for the ballot.
People Who Care About Kids – Michigan Referendum
Michigan referendum – January 10, 2001 – March 25, 2001 This initiative
was to refer concealed weapons legislation to the ballot. A total of
260,000 signatures were gathered during a 2 ½ month period in the spring
of 2001. The signatures were certified. However, the Michigan Board of
Canvassers’ refused to place the issue on the ballot because the
legislation contained an appropriation. The court ruled and the
referendum was never placed on the ballot.
Citizens for Traffic Solutions - Newport Beach Initiative
This Newport Beach, California initiative required NPM’s crews to
collect 9000 signatures in a door-to-door signature gathering effort to
qualify this issue for the November 2000 ballot.
During 1999 and 2000 NPM qualified six city zoning initiatives and one
county charter amendment.
Local Choice 2000 – California Constitutional Amendment
NPM collected more than 450,000 signatures from January through April
2000 towards the qualification of this education voucher initiative for
the November 2000 California ballot.
Kid’s First Yes! – Michigan Constitutional Amendment
Through the efforts of volunteer and paid petitioners, 500,000
signatures were submitted to qualify (at an 82% rate of valid
signatures) this controversial voucher education initiative for the
November 2000 Michigan ballot.
Let Local Votes Count - Michigan Constitutional Amendment
NPM managed a coalition consisting of 88 Michigan mayors to qualify this
Michigan Constitutional Amendment for the November 2000 ballot. A total
of 465,000 signatures were collected during March through June at an 81%
valid signature rate.
Washington Charter Schools – Washington Initiatives
During the period from the last week in May through July 6, 2000 NPM
collected 290,000 signatures to qualify this Washington State initiative
with an 84% valid signature rate. NPM also assisted with the
qualification of the “K-12” (classroom reduction) initiative by
collecting 150,000 signatures during a three-week period.
City of St. Louis, Missouri – St Louis City Referendum
During November and December 1999, NPM collected 22,000 signatures on
behalf of AT&T for this controversial cable access referendum.
Long Beach, California - City of Long Beach Initiative
During a 45 day period in August and September 1999 NPM collected more
than 35,000 paid and direct mail signatures on this Edison Power Company
“Long Beach Citizens for the Right to Vote” issue.
Santa Barbara, California - Fess Parker Hotel Initiative
After two unsuccessful attempts by other companies, NPM was hired in
December 1998 and succeeded in qualifying this initiative (with an 81%
validity rate) to construct a five-star hotel on Santa Barbara's
Fairfield, California - Greenbelt Initiative
In November of 1998, NPM gathered signatures representing 24% of
Fairfield's registered voters to qualify this controversial land use
Colorado - Citizens for a Strong Rural Economy
NPM qualified this Colorado initiative for the National Pork Producers
Council by submitting over 90,000 signatures in the summer of 1998 --
and set another record for the shortest qualification time for a
Colorado statewide initiative.
Colusa County, California - Landfill and Siting Initiative
NPM collected over 1000 signatures in 5 days in the summer of 1998 to
qualify this initiative for the Colusa County ballot.
Ohio - Save the Doves
In only eight days, between June 1 and June 9, 1998, NPM collected over
55,000 signatures to assist the proponents with the qualification of
this Ohio initiative.
Californians for Indian Self-Sufficiency
In the spring of 1998, NPM collected 1,010,736 signatures in 30 days
through a direct mail/paid signature program -- with a validity rate of
79.6% -- to qualify Proposition 5 for the state ballot.
Missourians for Fairness and Jobs
From April 15 to July 1, 1998, NPM assisted with the qualification of
this constitutional gaming amendment by collecting more than 86,000
Citizens for Detroit Jobs
During March of 1998, NPM collected more than 26,000 signatures in the
city of Detroit on a petition supporting the mayor's selection of
vendors to receive casino licenses.
Massachusetts Committee for Tax Fairness
During the fall of 1997, NPM qualified this Massachusetts legislative
initiative by collecting 115,000 voter signatures at an overall valid
signature rate of 84%. The second phase of this project was successfully
completed in June 1998.
Coral Gables, Florida - Coalition to Save Coral Gables
During the summer of 1997, NPM qualified this growth-control measure by
collecting signatures from 14% of the city's registered voters and
attaining a 91% rate of valid signatures.
Cleveland, Ohio - Save Our Children's Future
This City of Cleveland charter amendment to limit tax abatement was
qualified during late March and April, 1997. This combination volunteer
and paid signature effort generated a total of 32,994 gross signatures.
City of Miami - Coalition for a New Miami
On Election Day, November 1996, and on a subsequent run-off Election Day
on November 14, signatures from 15 percent of the city's registered
voters (20,236) were collected to qualify this issue to abolish the City
Dade County Florida - Stop New Arena Committee
This Dade County Charter Amendment was qualified in September 1996 with
the submission of 40,000 volunteer and paid signatures.
Nebraska - Let the People Vote Committee
In the summer of 1996, NPM gathered 127,000 signatures on this statewide
gambling initiative. Under extreme adverse conditions, a 75 percent rate
of valid signatures was maintained. Unfortunately, due to the Nebraska
Secretary of State's interpretation of the national Motor Voter act,
this issue was not recounted as directed by the Nebraska court.
Missouri Term Limits
This statewide constitutional amendment was qualified during the months
of April, May and June 1996.
Michigan First! Legislative Amendment
In a 60-day period (April and May of 1996), NPM qualified this statewide
initiative to place a Detroit gambling issue on the ballot with 430,000
signatures and an overall 75 percent rate of valid signatures.
Indiana Presidential Ballot Qualifications
During the months of November and December 1995 and January 1996, NPM
collected signatures in each of Indiana's nine Congressional districts
to successfully qualify both Senator Dole and Steve Forbes as
presidential candidates on the Indiana '96 ballot.
San Mateo, California Bay Meadows Initiative
In June of 1995, NPM collected the signatures of 22.49 percent of the
registered voters in San Mateo to successfully qualify this card room
initiative with an overall validity rate in excess of 83 percent.
Ohio Campaign Finance Reform
On Election Day, November 1994, a total of nearly 100,000 signatures
were collected to qualify this Ohio Legislative petition.
National Smokers Alliance
During this September through mid-November 1994 effort, NPM signed up in
excess of 235,000 members for the National Smokers Alliance.
Ohio Tax Issues Committee
In May, June and July of 1994, NPM qualified this Ohio constitutional
amendment. Ohio records were set for the largest number of signatures
ever submitted — 707,353 — and the first Ohio constitutional amendment
to qualify in all of Ohio’s 88 counties.
Michigan Citizens for Insurance Reform Coalition
During March and April of 1994, NPM built this Michigan statewide
coalition of 50,000 individuals who supported auto insurance reform.