Hot New Senate Campaign Gimmick Alert: Petitions!
Usually, candidates for Senate just pay the registration fee and are done with it, but there is an option to collect signatures in order to qualify. But no U.S. Senate candidate in Florida's history has used that option. Until now. Meek must collect signatures and information from 1 percent of registered voters in the state. That's 112,476 John Hancocks.
This isn't quite as labor-intensive or altruistic as previous gimmicks, but it is smart. One of Meek's biggest marks on Florida politics was the class size amendment he championed. He successfully led a petition drive to have that amendment included on the ballot in 2002.