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Jun 5, 2012 6:08 PM by Drew Trafton

Signature gatherers pull long days to push initiatives

BILLINGS- Signature gatherers worked upwards of 15-hours in order to push their favorite initiatives in front of voters Tuesday.

However, that dedication did not necessarily translate into success.

"Out of 10 people, how many do you think you get to sign your petition," I asked Victor Perez, a man trying to gather signatures for CI-110, geared toward legalizing marijuana outright in Montana.

"Mmm... one... you know, If I'm lucky," he responded.
It turns out gathering signatures is rough work.

Not only do people find you an annoyance, you might just be stationed across the sidewalk from the competition.

"So you can keep it fairly friendly, cordial," I asked David Zastrow, a signature gatherer for CI-108, what is popular being called the ‘Personhood Amendment'.

The initiative seeks to legally define life as beginning at the moment of conception, and the opposition group stood just feet away as I conducted the interview.

"It's not a very cordial issue," said Zastrow.

If you would like to see more from the efforts made by signature gatherers, click on the video link above.

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