Farley Anderson, a gubernatorial candidate from Paradise, feels good about the fact that the Utah Supreme Court is considering the issue of initiative petitions as it deliberates whether the state should be required to accept online signatures to qualify for ballot status. Anderson says he is also excited about the fact that the Supreme Court is allowing the Utahns for Ethical Government group to file a “friend of the court” brief in the case. He is also receiving support from the American Civil Liberties Union.Anderson’s attorney is arguing that the Independent candidate’s constitutional rights were denied when his candidacy paperwork was rejected because it relied on 150 electronic signatures. Anderson says his message was presented in clarity last week and he’s encouraged about the outcome.”We feel like that the legislature has been moving towards taking the referendum and initiative process, as a check and balance upon government, away from the people,” Anderson says. “The electronic signature would give that process back.”On the other side, Assistant Attorney General Tom Roberts argued there is no way to be certain the e-signatures are from people who support Anderson’s candidacy. Anderson is an author, former vitamin salesman and lecturer on preparedness.”I am a very average, ordinary person,” Anderson says of the type of governor he thinks he would be. “But I love freedom and I love this state. If we can just send a message to the federal government to check their unconstitutional powers at our border, we would be a lot free-er people.”Anderson says he has held off on a campaign until he learns whether or not his name is going to be on the ballot. Utah’s high court has not indicated when it will rule in the case.
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