Will 'Electronic Signatures' Push Pot Legalization Bill onto Ballot?

A court battle is brewing in the cradle of tech-nerd civilization that some say could transform California's electoral politics.

Michael Ni, who works at a Silicon Valley technology company, has submitted a petition to authorize a 2010 state ballot initiative. The substance of the proposed initiative itself is not revolutionary by California standards — a bid to legalize Marijuana. What's innovative is the petition itself: The signatures were gathered electronically.

San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Warren Slocum rejected the petition, saying a court should decide whether the electronic signatures are allowed under the state's elections code. Verafirma, the company where Ni works, plans to file a lawsuit contesting the decision by the end of the week, co-founder Jude Barry told SF Weekly.

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