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Arizona court rejects online initiative signature gathering

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Posted at 11:42 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 14:42:35-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has rejected a request to allow online signature gathering for proposed ballot measures.

The high court issued its ruling without explanation Wednesday in a case brought by backers of four initiatives. As a result, a group asking voters to limit a school voucher program said it will drop the effort.

But another group looking to raise taxes on the wealthy to boost education funding says it will continue collecting signatures. A federal judge last month rejected a similar challenge.

Elected officials can currently collect signatures they need to qualify for the ballot electronically. But initiatives backers are required to collect their signatures in-person.
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