Candidate Nomination System Launched
E-Qual to Allow Petition and Qualifying Contributions Online
PHOENIX – In an effort to make the candidate
nomination process more efficient and secure for voters and candidates,
the Arizona Secretary of State's office has officially launched
E-Qual, an electronic petition and $5 qualifying contribution system.
The new online application allows candidates to collect up to 50
percent of their required signatures and $5 qualifying contributions.
In 2011, the state legislature established the pilot program enabling
the collection of nominating petition signatures and Clean Elections
qualifying contributions in a secure online environment. After a
voter's identity is authenticated, E-Qual matches the voter with
the candidates for which they are eligible to sign a nominating
petition or make a $5 contribution. Only statewide and legislative
candidates are eligible for E-Qual.
"Candidates and voters will find E-Qual is simple, secure
and convenient," said Secretary Bennett. "Over the past
few years our office has taken steps to modernize many of our election
processes. With technological enhancements made to voter registration,
ballot security and campaign finance, Arizonans have a system of
elections that is consistent with today's technologies.
"Each day, Arizonans shop, pay their mortgage and do their
banking online. Developing a process that allows them to sign a
candidate petition on their computer rather than outside the mall
or grocery store will encourage more people to get involved with
our electoral process. While candidates still must continue the
traditional way of circulating petitions, we anticipate E-Qual will
facilitate participation in a positive and efficient manner."
"E-Qual will save time when processing signature challenges
and while verifying the random sample of $5 contributions as the
voter’s information has already been matched against the voter registration
database," said Representative JD Mesnard. "With the addition
of a voter identification number for each signer and contributor
the number of ineligible signatures and contributions will be greatly
"Our agency is dedicated to promoting access to our political
system and E-Qual is a major step forward," said CCEC Executive
Director Todd Lang. "The ability to process half of the qualifying
contributions electronically will help candidates enormously and
we look forward to working with them as they seek elective office."
To allow for public inspection of nominating petitions, completed
electronic petitions will be printed out and included with the standard
circulated petitions and submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office
during the filing period.
- You can view a short video of the news conference by clicking
the link below. - Sorry the audio was a bit garbled...