Thread: Updating a petition.
I'm just wondering if the petition for Oklahoma should be updated? It is addressed to our former governor Henery, rather than our new governor Fallin who will be looking at the open carry bill should it make it to her desk in the next legislative term.
I would wonder if changing the petition in any way might invalidate the signatures that were obtained prior to the edit? Just a thought. If I signed a petition, then someone changed it in some way, I'm not sure that I would still want my name on it...
Any change, however slight, completely invalidates it. You have to realize that some of the signers may be dead, have changed their mind about the issue, or don't want to address the new governor in that way.
It would completely undermine the credibility of the persons or organization submitting the "new" petition, and hurt the overall cause, if you were to just "change the names and dates" and re-submit it. It's kind of like submitting a copy of a note from Mom six times in a row when you're late or absent.
Besides, politicos live and die on the most current polls and information - smart ones wouldn't even give a stale petition a second glance before tossing it in the trash, and with good reason: they want the most recent, valid information in order to set their policy.
Do a new one - it'll have credibility and more of an impact.