Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Prop 8 2010 repeal backers have ‘app’ for signatures

Restore Equality 2010, the campaign working to repeal Prop 8 in November, is now collecting digital signatures to try to get their measure on the ballot.

Using an application developed by Verafirma, a Silicon Valley technology company, California voters can now sign the petition via an iPhone or iPod Touch. Registered California voters can access the digital signature tool and instructional video.

The initiative needs 694,354 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. The last day for proponents to file petitions with county elections officials is April 16.

Prop 8, passed by California voters in November 2008, amended the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

The repeal campaign hasn’t publicly revealed exactly how many signatures they’ve collected, but a March 16 statement announcing the digital application said “hundreds of thousands of Californians” have signed paper forms.

“California is known for being a state that leads change,” Sean Bohac, of Restore Equality 2010, said in the statement. “Our team looks forward to using this revolutionary technology to augment our grassroots efforts and change the way campaigns are run.”

With the application, voters can use their finger to sign the official petition. An electronic copy is sent to the signer and Restore Equality 2010.

The secretary of state’s office didn’t immediately respond to a question about whether the method is valid.

California voters without access to an iPhone or iPod Touch can still print out their own petition, sign it, and mail it in by accessing

— Seth Hemmelgarn, March 26, 2010 @ 5:01 pm PST
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