The article, by reporter Michael Clancy, referred to a case filed by Protect Marriage Washington, which hopes to overturn a law in that state that permits domestic partnerships. Valid petition signatures are required in Washington to put issues on election ballots, and the group wants to keep the names secret. The case is slated to be heard by the Supreme Court in April.
Arizona law permits challenges to signature validity, a right that is being used more often, Bender said. "We are seeing big problems with fraudulent signatures and paid signature gatherers," said Bender, who provided a brief supporting openness in the Washington case.
Asking the court to keep all signatures private "strikes me as overly broad," he said.
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