At two different Chicago summer festivals last weekend, I saw volunteers with clipboards approaching festivalgoers.
“Excuse me, can I get you to sign this petition against gerrymandering?”
Other than thinking, “Cool!!! I love it when strangers ask me to sign petitions when I’m in the middle of doing something else!,” I chuckled to myself while having a different thought.
What the volunteers should have said was this:
“Excuse me, can I get you, you, you in the blue shirt, but not you three on the left over there, and everyone in this general area from the tall curly-haired man all the way to the right of the girl in the white sandals, but not including the girl in the white sandals, to sign this petition about gerrymandering?”
I should totally quit my day job and become a volunteer signature-collector.