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Denver Elections Division Creates Mobile Petition App

(Denver) – The Denver Elections Division has launched eSign, a first-in-the-nation mobile petition signing application.

The secure app modernizes the signature gathering process by giving candidates the option of using tablets signed with a stylus to gather petition signatures if they choose to opt-in. Otherwise, candidates can utilize the traditional paper petition process.

“This cutting edge application has the potential to transform the petition process - providing easier access to the ballot and efficiencies never seen before in this country,” said Denver Clerk Debra Johnson. “For years the hallmark of Denver Elections has been innovation and progress - 2015 will be no different. This bold approach has one thing in mind: our customers.”

If a candidate chooses to use eSign, their circulators would gather signatures on a tablet that is registered with the Denver Elections Division. The tablets would then be returned to Elections HQ, the signature pages would be printed out, placed in a packet and then the signatures would be verified using the processes required by law.

Petition circulators will be able to confirm that a signer is a registered voter because the app interfaces with a voter database and they will also be able to tell at a glance how many signatures they’ve gathered since the app keeps a running tally.

“We are extremely excited to offer this innovative service to our customers.  It revolutionizes the petition gathering process and makes the ballot access process more effective and efficient,” said Amber McReynolds, Director of Elections.  “I am so proud of our team, our partners at Denver Technology Services, and our vendor 303 Software for making this happen.”

eSign  will be piloted for the first time as potential candidates for the May 5, 2015 Municipal General Election gather signatures to run for office.