Getting Started

What is an Independent Petition Circulator? from

Voter signing a petition
petition circulator, also called a "circulator," "signature gatherer," or "signature collector," is a campaign worker who asks voters to sign a petition to place a ballot initiativereferendumrecall, or candidate on the ballot. Such workers may be volunteers, amateurs or experienced paid professionals.

Most campaigns require the use of paid petition circulators: usually independent contractors who are paid by the signature.

Restrictions on petition circulators

Many states place restrictions on petition circulation. These restrictions include requiring workers to be residents of the state they are working in, prohibiting workers from being paid by the signature, requiring workers to register with the state and pay fees, and requiring workers to identify if they are paid or volunteer. These restrictions often violate the free speech rights of petition sponsors and voters, and instances of all of the above have been struck down by federal courts.

Visit for to find laws in each state.



It's easy to get started creating your website. Knowing some of the basics will help.

What is a Content Management System?

A content management system is software that allows you to create and manage webpages easily by separating the creation of your content from the mechanics required to present it on the web.

In this site, the content is stored in a database. The look and feel are created by a template. The Joomla! software brings together the template and the content to create web pages.

Site and Administrator

Your site actually has two separate sites. The site (also called the front end) is what visitors to your site will see. The administrator (also called the back end) is only used by people managing your site. You can access the administrator by clicking the "Site Administrator" link on the "This Site" menu or by adding /administrator to the end of you domain name.

Log in to the administrator using the username and password created during the installation of Joomla.

Logging in

To login to the front end of your site use the login form or the login menu link on the "This Site" menu. Use the user name and password that were created as part of the installation process. Once logged-in you will be able to create and edit articles.

In managing your site, you will be able to create content that only logged-in users are able to see.

Creating an article

Once you are logged-in, a new menu will be visible. To create a new article, click on the "submit article" link on that menu.

The new article interface gives you a lot of options, but all you need to do is add a title and put something in the content area. To make it easy to find, set the state to published and put it in the Joomla category.

You can edit an existing article by clicking on the edit icon (this only displays to users who have the right to edit).

Learn more

There is much more to learn about how to use Joomla! to create the web site you envision. You can learn much more at the Joomla! documentation site and on the Joomla! forums.


Paid bridges the gap between campaign Coordinators and independent circulators. By working together, we raise the perception and effectiveness of the ballot initiative process.