Republican Party opposes use of online system for ballot measures

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

The attorney for the Arizona Republican Party says a system that allows people to sign petitions online — the same one used by political candidates — is “highly susceptible to fraud.”

The new legal filings by Dennis Wilenchik come as the state GOP is urging U.S. District Court Judge Dominic Lanza to reject a bid by initiative organizers to use that existing E-Qual system to finish getting the signatures needed to put their proposals before voters in November.

In essence, E-Qual allows anyone with an Arizona driver’s license to “sign” petitions online by providing certain information. That includes the name, date of birth and the driver’s license number or, in the alternative, voter ID number and last four digits of a social security number.

“The risk of fraud in that system is obvious,” the legal briefs read.

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