Introduction: Clipboards? We Don't Need No Stinking Clipboards

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If you have turned on a television, radio or  used your internet connection for anything but porn and video games in the last year or so,  you should know that petitions are everywhere.  Not just the type you name here online things (but those also have their purposes).    Real paper that real people take  out in public to  gather signatures.  There are several reasons for this:

1 nominate a candidate for election
2 recall someone who you would like to see unelected before their term is up, aka fire a bad representative.
3 change a particular law.  This may include amending  your states constitution.

Once the legal types have dotted their I's and crossed their T's  The work of actually petitioning begins.  For this you will need a few things.
pens (a whole bunch of them.)
petitions, the more the merrier.
Something to keep the petitions flat and organized while you are having people sign them.  Most often this means clipboards, And while they are not very expensive they are not free.  So let's see if we can make a cheaper  more effective substitute.

By following a few simple steps the reader will learn to turn trash into a tool to further democracy. If the reader actually puts their new  tool to use they will learn a great deal more about democratic process, politics and  human interaction in general most of these later lessons are difficult to describe and best learned by practice.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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 Cardboard,  If you handled your holiday waste like i did you are still starring at a big  pile of it
 Rubber bands,  those really annoying sale papers that homeless guys get like 20 bucks a day to toss on your porch are usually a pretty good source.
It is also helpful to have a petition handy.  The  one in  this Instructable came from the good folks at https://help.repealtoday.org/
utility knife.

Step 2: Size It Up

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If you want to get fancy you can measure your cardboard. If you are not feeling so fancy the "bout that big method" works pretty well too.  Cut the cardboard to size. Allow a little bit of extra height and width to keep from beating up your paperwork.

Step 3: Add the Stretchy Bit

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Stretch a rubber band over each end as shown.  Slide a few pages under  each band. 

(Pro-tip) you can secure petitions to both sides of these boards. This makes  circulating them much  faster)

Step 4: Go Get Some Signatures.

There it is, now go change (your little corner of) the world.

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