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RKP5637

(67,112 posts)
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 05:13 PM Dec 2016

Do petitions make a difference?

I'm starting to get the endless petitions in email for this or that and donate to support the cause. Do you think petitions make a difference? I'm inclined to think they often fall on deaf ears, I guess.
I'm in the "maybe" category.



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Do petitions make a difference? (Original Post) RKP5637 Dec 2016 OP
To the people that put the responders on mailing lists they do. n/t PoliticAverse Dec 2016 #1
Petitions for dollars!!! Yep! n/t RKP5637 Dec 2016 #12
If you want more emails begging for donations, sure. The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2016 #2
Yep, Email spawning! n/t RKP5637 Dec 2016 #11
Here' what online petitions are like. nycbos Dec 2016 #3
LOL!!! Preparing to prepare to prepare!!! RKP5637 Dec 2016 #10
Yo............. LMAO..... JHan Dec 2016 #13
IMHO, it is only a way to get your email address MiniMe Dec 2016 #4
Yep! n/t RKP5637 Dec 2016 #9
Some do, but most are just fundraising gimmicks. nt pinboy3niner Dec 2016 #5
Especially the ones that appear out of nowhere, none you've heard of, well written, and request a RKP5637 Dec 2016 #7
In '04 I marched with Rep. John Lewis to deliver petitions to Ohio SoS Ken Blackwell pinboy3niner Dec 2016 #14
I much prefer the emails saying there are millions waiting for me in banking funds and they RKP5637 Dec 2016 #15
Email petitions are flypaper to collect information about you for future fundraising requests... brooklynite Dec 2016 #6
That's what I've done in the past and in one case I do think it swayed my rep's mind. He came RKP5637 Dec 2016 #8
And "congrats!" to you........... MyOwnPeace Dec 2016 #16
Frankly, now, money is the only thing that counts in this fucken country. It's not about RKP5637 Dec 2016 #17
No, except for collecting contact information MineralMan Dec 2016 #18
Some do loyalsister Dec 2016 #19
Petitions that matter are the ones for state referendum ballot questions Zing Zing Zingbah Dec 2016 #20

MiniMe

(21,747 posts)
4. IMHO, it is only a way to get your email address
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 05:33 PM
Dec 2016

And then they sell your email; address and you get spammed by junk mail. Most of the things that I see for a "petition" always require your email address, and I refuse to give it

RKP5637

(67,112 posts)
7. Especially the ones that appear out of nowhere, none you've heard of, well written, and request a
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 05:47 PM
Dec 2016

donation at the end.

pinboy3niner

(53,339 posts)
14. In '04 I marched with Rep. John Lewis to deliver petitions to Ohio SoS Ken Blackwell
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 06:02 PM
Dec 2016

It made a statement, even if Blackwell was unlikely to back down on voter suppression.

But a lot of the online petitions I see are poorly-written and sometimes ignorant about the authorities involved and their powers.

RKP5637

(67,112 posts)
15. I much prefer the emails saying there are millions waiting for me in banking funds and they
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 06:08 PM
Dec 2016

just found me, "but yet" they need all of my information!

 

brooklynite

(96,641 posts)
6. Email petitions are flypaper to collect information about you for future fundraising requests...
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 05:43 PM
Dec 2016

...if you care enough about an issue to "sign" a petition, care enough to write your own letter in your own words to your own elected officials.

RKP5637

(67,112 posts)
8. That's what I've done in the past and in one case I do think it swayed my rep's mind. He came
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 05:52 PM
Dec 2016

completely around on a topic he had been against. I was just in the right mood, pros/cons, as I discussed his line of thinking. After this election, I've gotten a huge influx of petitions I auto-route into my delete-consideration file.

MyOwnPeace

(17,036 posts)
16. And "congrats!" to you...........
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 06:13 PM
Dec 2016

I've become so cynical that I don't expect anyone in any office to listen to me unless some $$$ has been ahead of me upon entry........

Truly, I'm not being a "wise-a$$" - I wonder how much any of us can do anymore.........

RKP5637

(67,112 posts)
17. Frankly, now, money is the only thing that counts in this fucken country. It's not about
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 07:03 PM
Dec 2016

people unless they have a wad of money in hand! The majority of people in the US are headed for a very rude awakening.

MineralMan

(146,575 posts)
18. No, except for collecting contact information
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 08:54 PM
Dec 2016

for later fundraising. Otherwise they are ignored completely.

loyalsister

(13,390 posts)
19. Some do
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 10:44 PM
Dec 2016

A petition is what led to the requirement for a photo ID to vote in MO. In states where petitions can get constitutional amendments on ballots, they definitely DO make a sometimes tragic difference.

Zing Zing Zingbah

(6,496 posts)
20. Petitions that matter are the ones for state referendum ballot questions
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 10:56 PM
Dec 2016

Those are actually on paper and they have to get your signature. I'd say anything you didn't put your hand written signature on doesn't matter (i.e. online petitions). I have signed several petitions for referendum questions over the years that have made a big difference already or will make a difference soon (gay marriage, marijuana legalization, money for public schools, minimum wage increases, ranked choice voting).

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