Utah group hopes to move initiative signature solicitation online
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah: The Peoples Right LLC, a citizen group, announced this week that it is soliciting signatures for two Utah initiatives online - www.i-sign.us. The group calls the new online method of signature solicitation the "next logical step" and "a major leap forward in bringing people into the legislative process." Although, no state currently allows electronic signatures to be submitted for initiatives, earlier this month supporters of the California No Political Deductions from Public Employee Paychecks (2010) announced that they too were using a new online method for signature collection. According to Utah state law, electronic signatures are viewed as valid substitutes, however election code mandates that strict guidelines be followed for paper signature forms and only addresses. Lt. Gov. Greg Bell has not yet made a decision and according to officials Bell is not expected to rule on the matter until after signatures are submitted for verification.
- Associated Press, "Utah group hoping for green light on new system that gathers initiative signatures online," January 19, 2010 (dead link)
- Associated Press, "Utah ethics groups collecting online signatures," February 8, 2010
- The Salt Lake Tribune, "New Web site would fast-track ballot initiatives," January 19, 2010
- techPresident, "Use Your iPhone to Sign a Ballot Initiative: Test Case Launches in CA," January 5, 2010