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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I start a petition?

You shouldn’t need a Super PAC or multimillion-dollar nonprofit to make change in your community. Petitions are a crucial tool for raising awareness and can be a powerful building block for organizing winning campaigns. 

We want you to speak in your authentic voice about the issues that matter to you. Petitions are a great way to rally support around an issue and appeal to decision-makers. Not only that, MoveOn might be able to support your campaign by sending it out to members and strategizing with you on possible next steps for your campaign. 

Thousands of people are starting petitions to support the issues that matter to them. Most petition creators are regular people who want to make their voices heard. Start your own petition right now. It will take just a few minutes.

What happens after I create my petition?

Once you start your petition, you’ll see it live on the website, and you’ll be able to start sharing the link right away to help it grow. After it reaches at least 10 signatures, it will be reviewed by volunteers, may be made searchable on MoveOn’s website, and could even be shared with other MoveOn members in your area or who care about your issue. 

To help take your petition to the next level, you’ll also gain access to free organizing tools to email your supporters and deliver your petition. If you have any questions, reach out to us at petitions@moveon.org.

How do I run a petition campaign?

Thanks for creating a petition. To find out information about managing a petition campaign, you can visit our Campaign Tips page here:


How do I stay anonymous when I create a petition?

We’ve found that petitions from real names are more popular with MoveOn members and get more signatures, so we recommend that you use your first name and last initial.

If you don’t feel comfortable using your real name, you can use a different name, initials, or title for the contact name on the petition. Several authors use a name that reflects their campaign. You can also create an account just for the petition with the separate name and a different email address, rather than your personal one. If you choose to remain anonymous, we encourage you to make a note on your petition so members of the public and media are aware. 

Additionally, please remember the email address you use for your account will be the “reply to” email when you send any updates. So we again encourage you to use a unique email address for the petition if you want to further protect your identity.

How do I share my petition?

Thank you for creating a petition. After you create your petition campaign, you will see three blue buttons to share your petition by Email, Facebook, and Twitter. Once you click on one of those choices, you will be able to post your petition. 

I am not able to create a petition on my computer.

We suggest you update your current browser or try using a different web browser in case the problem is a compatibility issue with your current web browser.

You can also email petitions@moveon.org and include the following information:

  • Which web browser do you use (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)? Which version (such as 10, 42, etc.)?
  • Are you able to replicate the problem? If so, can you take a screenshot for us? What is the precise error message that you’re getting?
  • Any additional information you can provide us will help us diagnose the problem faster.


I am having problems uploading my photos.

You can try uploading the photo as a JPG file, if you’re not using that file format now.

You can also change the photo size by cropping the photo in your photo software. You can replace the old photo with the cropped (smaller-size) photo.

How do I start a petition if I’m not in the U.S.?

MoveOn does not have a system to host or promote petitions outside of the United States. If a global reach is important for your petition, we recommend that you try the Avaaz petition platform:


For petitions created by those in the U.S. and where you anticipate needing only signers based here, the process is very simple. Just go to the MoveOn Petitions creation page at this link:


Can I edit my petition after it’s live?

You can edit the petition information, including the petition statement text, as long as no one else has signed your petition. 

To make changes to your petition, log in to your Petition Account at this link:


Select the petition campaign to edit. On the webpage of the petition, in the upper black bar, there is a link labeled “Edit Content.” When you click on that link, the page will bring up your petition ready to make changes. After you make those changes, just click on the “Save” button at the bottom of the page.  

Your petition will return to the Review queue but will continue to be active online. 

How do I change the goal for the number of signatures?

We assign each petition a starting goal of 50 signatures and then automatically increase the goal each time the previous signature goal has been reached.

Through our work, we have found that re-upping the goal in this manner is most inspiring for folks to sign and share a petition, because they feel the goal is reachable. That’s why the goal is adjusted automatically as your petition grows.

When will my petition be approved?

Once you create a petition. It will be reviewed by a MoveOn volunteer when it has 10 signatures. If approved, it will be accessible through the “Search for Petitions” box on the homepage and will no longer have the gold banner at the top. Here is the link to the website:


Can this petition tool be used to place my campaign on an election ballot?

While online petitions are an excellent way to build communities and demonstrate people power, our petition tool cannot be used for official petition gathering, such as being placed on an election ballot. We don’t verify that people are registered voters or that they live in the district.

It would be best to contact your local elections office for details, as the rules can differ by jurisdiction.


A dynamic and versatile performer, Brittany O’Grady is emerging as one of the industry’s brightest talents. She is perhaps best known as “Paula” in the first season of Mike White’s Emmy Award-winning HBO series THE WHITE LOTUS. 

She can currently be seen starring in Amazon’s stylish new thriller series THE CONSULTANT opposite Christoph Waltz and Nat Wolff. In film she most recently appeared opposite Daisy Ridley in SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT DYING, which premiered at Sundance this year to rave reviews.

Other work includes starring in JJ Abrams and Sara Bareilles’s Apple series LITTLE VOICE, Lee Daniels’ Fox series STAR and Sophia Takal’s film BLACK CHRISTMAS for Blumhouse.


Jaime King began her career as a fashion model landing covers of top international magazines and landing major advertising campaigns. King seamlessly transitioned from modeling into acting with a wide range of roles in film and television.

With roles in big studio films, independent film and passion projects King has been able to showcase her versatility with dramatic and comedic roles. King made her debut in Daniel Waters’ Happy Campers, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival. Following her debut acting role, Jaime starred opposite Johnny Depp in Ted Demme’s film BLOW, followed by Michael Bay’s PEARL HARBOR starring opposite Ben Affleck, Keenan Ivory Wayans’ WHITE CHICKS, Robert Rodriguez’s SIN CITY starring opposite Benicio Del Toro, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis, DJ Caruso’s TWO FOR THE MONEY starring opposite Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey, Frank Millers’ THE SPIRIT starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR starring opposite Joseph Gordon Levitt and Josh Brolin to name a few. Additionally, Jaime was a series regular on the show HART OF DIXIE for four seasons starring opposite Rachel Bilson for the CW.  Other credits include, the Sundance Film Festival premiering BITCH written and directed by Mariana Palka and starring opposite Jason Ritter, ESCAPE PLAN 2 and ESCAPE PLAN 3 starring opposite Sylvester Stallone and an amazing cameo in OCEAN’S 8 directed by Gary Ross for Warner Brothers. Jaime can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed and number one series BLACK SUMMER on Netflix for season one and season two, OUT OF DEATH starring opposite Bruce Willis which is currently streaming on Hulu, CODE NAME BANSHEE starring opposite Antonio Banderas which is also streaming on Hulu, THE RESURRECTION OF CHARLES MANSON starring opposite Frank Grillo and HOAX: THE KIDNAPPING OF SHERRI PAPINI for Lifetime.  Jaime recently wrapped shooting the feature film, LIGHTS OUT starring opposite Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney and Scott Adkins.

Philanthropy and activism have always been key pillars of King’s career and she has used her platform to advocate for many important causes and is unafraid to question the status quo. This activism has also formed her creative endeavors in fashion and beauty. She collaborated with AKID to launch a children’s shoe line, inspired by her kids, comprised of seven unisex styles. King also previously launched a gender-fluid, gender-neutral line with Gardner and the Gang called “Gardner and the Gang X Jaime King.” The collection is designed for children to wear the beautiful story of friendship as an emblem of style, and share it with others as an empowering movement towards creating a generation without judgment. In 2016, King launched a cruelty-free, vegan makeup line with ColourPop cosmetics “Alchemy by Jaime King x ColourPop” which sold out within hours of its launch. Jaime tested the various colors of each product on a variety of skin types (all ethnicities/skin colors, etc.) as she wanted each color to work for everyone.

King currently resides in Los Angeles with her two children.


“In 2013, Bex Taylor-Klaus was introduced as one of the first and most well received transgender roles on cable TV on the critically acclaimed “THE KILLING”. They have been a catalyst and inspired more ideas for transgender, trans nonbinary, and non-conforming representation in Hollywood over the last decade. In the last couple years Bex has been in leading roles such as CBS Films’ HELLFEST along with the Netflix hit, DUMPLIN’ where they played a supporting role opposite Jennifer Aniston. They can also be seen in Millennium’s BLACKBIRD opposite Kate Winslet & Susan Sarandon. Last year, they had wrapped on the indie film, I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST, written and directed by Tommy Dorfman. They are currently shooting Adam Saunder’s independent feature film, RE-ELECTION.”


ALOK (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed author, poet, comedian, and public speaker. As a mixed-media artist their work explores themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition. They are the author of Femme in Public (2017), Beyond the Gender Binary (2020), and Your Wound/My Garden (2021) and the creator of #DeGenderFashion: an initiative to degender fashion and beauty industries. In recognition of their work, they have been honored as the inaugural LGBTQ Scholar in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and awarded a GLAAD Media Award and Stonewall Foundation Visionary Award. Over the past decade, they have toured in more than 40 countries, most recently selling out their runs at the Soho Theatre in London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Kennedy Performing Arts Center. Their show has been described as “provocative and powerful” (CHORTLE), a “potent combination of comedy and poetry” (THE SCOTSMAN), and a “Jaw-dropping celestial event” (TO DO LIST LONDON). On screen, they will make their feature film debut in Absolute Dominion opposite Patton Oswalt and next can be seen in Emmie Lichtenberg’s film Complicated Order opposite Midori Francis. On television, they have appeared on Hulu’s Planet Sex with Cara Delevingne, ABC’s PRIDE: To Be Seen – A Soul of A Nation, Netflix’s Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness and The Trans List.


Emmy-nominated actress, Adina Porter was born and raised in The South Bronx, to immigrant parents. She always felt a deep desire to entertain. As a child, her parents enrolled her in dance and acting classes while gently steering her toward more conventional occupations. Undeterred, she attended the famed High School for the Performing Arts. Upon graduation from S.U.N.Y. Purchase, Porter embarked on a professional career rooted in the theatre. She built an impressive and extensive stage resume in NYC and in prestigious, regional theater companies, including an Obie Award-winning performance in Venus. Myriad TV guest appearances soon followed. In 2001, Porter made her Broadway debut in The Women.

In 2008, she landed the role of “Lettie Mae Thornton” in HBO’s True Blood. The role was originally conceived as a 4-episode Guest Star. However, the creative team was delighted by the character; Porter spent the following seven seasons on the show. Thanks to wigs, elaborate makeup and contact lenses, “Lettie Mae” looked very different from Adina Porter. This engendered a realization within Porter: she was a chameleon. She went on to work in over 60 television series and 20 feature films, many with altered physical appearances, various accents and distinctly unique roles.

Her breakout performance was arguably “Beverly Hope” in American Horror Story: Cult for which she garnered an Emmy® nomination. Porter has worked in five of the anthology seasons. In addition to FX’s AHS franchise, Porter is known to audiences as “Indra,” from CW’s post-apocalyptic, The 100, “Prioress” in Amazon’s Paper Girls, “Sheriff Peterkin” in the Netflix hit Outer Banks, “The Voice” in The Power, and pivotal roles in Apple TV’s The Morning Show, Aaron Sorkin’s, The Newsroom, HBO’s The Leftovers, Showtime’s Ray Donovan and Sony’s Underground.

Next, Porter will star opposite LaKeith Stanfield in Apple TV’s The Changeling and will appear with Nicole Kidman in The Perfect Couple.

On the big screen, Porter recently appeared alongside Uzo Aduba in Miss Virginia. Additional film credits include: multi award-winning The Social Network, The Last Word, Gia, Wig Shop, The Peacemaker, About Sunny, among others. She will also be seen this year in the Amazon Studios feature Sitting in Bars with Cake.

Porter and her two kids split time between Los Angeles and New York City. She proudly serves as a CARE ambassador and devotes time to Goodwill, Feeding America and the World Central Kitchen. She enjoys swimming and yoga to stay in shape. Porter is a self-proclaimed “news junkie.”