March 20, 2010

Electronic Signatures Might Come to Utah

UTAH COULD face its first test of electronic signatures in the democratic process with e-candidate Farley Anderson's run for governor.

Earlier this month, the unaffiliated Anderson said he intended to collect his 1,000 required signatures electronically. Whether the Lieutenant Governor's Office accepts them is still in question. But it will have to be answered Friday, the legal deadline for candidate filings.

When Anderson announced his unique candidacy, state Elections Office administrator Mark Thomas said the current system is paper-based, but the law can be interpreted liberally to give candidates the most ballot access.

However, county clerks received an e-mail this week from Thomas, advising them that handwritten signatures are required and electronic signatures do not qualify.

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