ACLU of Utah to argue for online signatures in favor of Farley Anderson

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah says it will represent gubernatorial hopeful Farley Anderson in a court case to determine whether Lt. Gov. Greg Bell should count electronic signatures and place Anderson’s name on the ballot this fall.The lieutenant governor’s office has rejected Anderson’s paperwork, saying the independent candidate didn’t get the required 1,000 signatures. Including e-signatures, Anderson contends he did.The Utah Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case June 2.The court’s decision could preview a similar showdown on the use of e-signatures to get initiatives and referendums on the ballot. Utahns for Ethical Government requested Monday to file a friend of the court brief supporting electronic signatures.

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