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Ruling in ACLU case could aid UEG
by Becky Ginos
May 27, 2010 | 1621 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns for Ethical Government (UEG) might be able to hitch their wagon to an ACLU case headed to the Utah Supreme Court.

Farley Anderson, an independent who wants to file as a candidate for governor, will petition the court to consider the validity of electronic signatures he acquired for his campaign. The UEG has also been trying to get electronic signatures validated for the ethics initiative petition it has been gathering signatures for.

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, whose office oversees elections, ruled the electronic signatures were invalid.

“Anderson believes he has the right to have his name on the ballot,” said UEG chair, Kim Burningham. “We believe Utah law is very clear and that those names should be counted. We will be filing a friend of the court brief. The court may only rule on Farley’s petition, but we have about 10,000 signatures in electronic form that we haven’t counted.”

Although the group didn’t achieve the required number of signatures to meet the April 15 deadline to get the initiative on the November ballot, leaders have vowed to continue gathering until the next deadline in August. If the group meets the required number of signatures by August, the initiative could appear on the 2012 ballot.

Adding the electronic signatures would boost the group’s numbers said Burningham. He believes those people who signed online meant for their voices to be heard, and their signatures should be considered valid.
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