Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Arizona's Electronic candidate nomination system receives national attention

News from Michele Reagan
Arizona Secretary of State
(602) 542-4285

Ash Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government recognizes E-Qual system

Phoenix – Arizona’s electronic petition gathering program, E-Qual was recently recognized by the Government Innovators Network at Harvard University for its excellence and creativity in the public sector.  The online application allows statewide and legislative candidates the ability to collect up to 50 percent of their petition signatures and $5 qualifying contributions online.

Launched by former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the program permits 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 the voter is eligible to sign a nominating petition or make a $5 contribution. 

"Since the implementation of the program, candidates and voters have found E-Qual convenient, efficient and secure," said Michele Reagan, current secretary of state.  "I applaud Ken for his work to modernize so many of our election processes.  I’m proud our administration is building on the success he had throughout his tenure as secretary.”

The Government Innovators Network was developed by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

According to the Government Innovators Network, “E-Qual allows convenient and greater participation from both voters and candidates while providing a more accurate and reliable method of collecting signatures and $5 qualifying contributions.”

The Government Innovators Network is a marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation for policymakers, policy advisors, and practitioners. The Ash Center fosters excellence in government around the world in order to generate and strengthen democracy.