Ethics reform group wants e-signatures OK’d

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A grassroots group is asking Utah’s lieutenant governor to direct the state’s county clerks to accept e-signatures submitted on an ethics reform initiative petition for the November ballot.Utahns for Ethical Government say a Tuesday ruling by the Utah Supreme Court validates the use of e-signatures for election purposes.In a letter Wednesday, the UEG says Lt. Gov. Greg Bell should reverse an earlier decision that allowed only for paper signatures.The UEG collected about 10,000 e-signatures on its initiative petition. Clerks statewide rejected the signatures at Bell’s direction.Bell said after the Supreme Court ruling Tuesday that the opinion was tied only to the case of an independent gubernatorial candidate – not to initiatives or referendums.

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