New ballot initiative would permit electronic signature gathering

How easy it is to hack into a computer or a server?  Just ask the IRS, the NSA, Target, your neighborhood hospital, the DMV or the Department of Defense.  So, what if you have your electronic signature on your computer to use to “sign” documents?  Under a proposed ballot measure I could hack into computers, steal your electronic signature and then sign a petition for you.  No sweat, you will never know that your signature had been added to a proposed ballot measure.  For the crooks, this is cheaper than paying signature gatherers and the worry you can’t get enough signatures.

“The initiative would require the secretary of state to develop a system allowing voters to view petitions on secretary of state’s website and to sign them electronically directly on the website, or to download, print and sign printed petitions.

If the initiative were to become law, it would result in one-time state and local government costs in the millions of dollars or more to develop an online system for electronic petition signature gathering, according to an analysis made by the Legislative Analyst’s Office and Department of Finance.

We already have fraud, corruption and a voter registration system easy to violate—without the needed vetting of the online registrant. This proposal is another step in making California a banana republic.

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New ballot initiative would permit electronic signature gathering

by Debbie L. Sklar, MyNewsLA,  4/7/16

Backers of an initiative that would permit electronic signature gathering for state and local initiative, referendum, and recall petitions have received authorization to begin gathering signatures, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced.

The initiative would require the secretary of state to develop a system allowing voters to view petitions on secretary of state’s website and to sign them electronically directly on the website, or to download, print and sign printed petitions.

If the initiative were to become law, it would result in one-time state and local government costs in the millions of dollars or more to develop an online system for electronic petition signature gathering, according to an analysis made by the Legislative Analyst’s Office and Department of Finance.

The analysis also found there would be potential net costs or savings due to changed state and local government processes for verifying petition signatures.

Valid signatures from 365,880 registered voters — 5 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2014 general election — must be submitted by Oct. 3 to qualify the measure for the ballot, Padilla said Wednesday.

 

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