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E-Qual Allows Arizonans To Sign Nominating Petitions Online

By Elisha Dorfsmith

One of the challenges of running for statewide office in Arizona is having enough money and organization in place to collect the required signatures for ballot access. Tens of thousands of signatures are needed for many statewide offices. This is especially true for Independent candidates who must collect three times as many signatures as established party candidates.

Independents have been complaining for years that the odds are stacked against them by the two major parties. During the last election cycle, some Independent candidates claimed that Top Two would help solve the problem but when they took a closer look they realized that Top Two actually gave voters less options in a general election…not more.

One small solution and certainly a step in the right direction is Arizona’s E-Qual pilot program which allows qualified voters to sign nominating petitions online for statewide and legislative candidates. A candidate may collect up to 50% of their required signatures through the program. For lesser known candidates with a tight budget, this could be a game changer.

Ballot access laws need to be looked into and addressed so Arizona voters have more options on election day. In the meantime, E-Qual is a great tool for candidates to share with their lists to greatly improve the chances of getting on the ballot.

Candidates and qualified voters who would like to sign nominating petitions can sign up for the E-Qual program HERE.



  1. Slim
    May 6, 2013 at 6:28 am

    This guts the activist republic principle, which is currently swinging toward constitutionalism from apathy and scaring the CRAP out of establishment power mongers.

    • May 6, 2013 at 8:41 am

      My opinion is that the process to get on the ballot should be easier than it is now. The current system is set up to make it easy for well funded establishment candidates from major parties who can afford to pay people to collect signatures.

      It’s very hard for candidates who threaten the establishment to even get on the ballot.

      • May 6, 2013 at 9:01 am

        In other words, the establishment would be more threatened with more candidates on the ballot. And all the energy and money put into collecting signatures could be put into campaigning and talking about the issues.

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