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Arizona Supreme Court rejects bid by groups to gather initiative petition signatures online

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By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic 

The education group Save Our Schools, pictured during a 2018 March to the state Capitol, was among groups that sought to gather initiative petitions online as an alternative to in-person gathering because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arizona Supreme Court rejected the idea.

The Arizona Supreme Court will not let initiative campaigns collect signatures online to qualify for the ballot in November, a move several campaigns had urged as a public health precaution as the coronavirus pandemic upended the usual practices of circulating petitions in public places or door-to-door.

In a 6-1 decision, the court rejected a request by four ballot measure campaigns to use the same website, known as E-Qual, that candidates for state offices use to get signatures for their nominating petitions.

The Arizona Supreme Court from left are James Beene, Andrew Gould, Ann Scott-Timmer, Chief Justice Robert Brutinel, Clint Bolick, John Lopez, and Bill Montgomery.


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