May 10, 2011

Are iPhone Signatures Legal in California?

THE 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco will hear the next debate in the running question, "are signatures written on a smartphone gathered for a California petition legal?" The plaintiffs say those signatures meet the requirements of California law while the County of San Mateo say they are illegal.

The court will decide the case of Michael Ni v. Warren Slocum as Chief Elections Officer of San Mateo County. But most likely not within the next few days. One thing is certain, however a decision will come and it will be significant either way it goes down.

The smartphone application for gathering signatures was developed by Verafirma.

We will be in the courtroom this morning, May 10, to live blog the proceedings (If the court allows such practices).

Stay tuned.

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