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Arizona Will Not Allow Electronic Signature Collection for Ballot Petitions

PHOENIX—Today, a federal judge ruled in Arizonans for Fair Representation v. Hobbs that Arizona cannot permit online signature collection for ballot petitions. The League of Women Voters of Arizona had joined the case last month, supporting the use of the state’s E-Qual system—the online system federal and state candidates use to collect signatures for nominating petitions—for ballot petitions during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Arizonans were not served today, and we are very disappointed that Arizonans seeking to make their voice heard via ballot petitions will not be allowed to use the same tools available to their politicians,” said Bonnie Saunders, president of the League of Women Voters of Arizona. “Arizona’s E-Qual system is already in place, but instead of utilizing this safe option, Arizonans must risk their health if they want to make their voice heard on the issues that matter to them.” 

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs had chosen not to contest the lawsuit, signaling that the state supported the use of online signature collection for ballot petitions. Last month, the League of Women Voters of Arizona joined a nearly identical case in state court that is still pending.

As of today, Arizona has had nearly 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

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