Bill Would Add Birth Dates to Initiative Petitions

Bill Would Add Birth Dates to Initiative Petitions

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Senate-passed bill that would revise initiative petitions to include a line where signers could enter their date of birth has advanced to the House floor.

The proposed change comes after the state Supreme Court ruled against Utah and Cache counties' counting methods last year.

The two counties had thrown out signatures on the Open Space Initiative because some voters' addresses on the petitions didn't match their addresses on the voter registration list, since they had moved. The court ordered them to re-examine those signatures, and the initiative ended up on the ballot, but failed to pass.

The Supreme Court ruling suggested the Legislature add birth-date information to the petitions, making it easier for counties to verify signatures.

That's what the bill by Sen. Beverly Evans, R-Altamont, does.

It cleared a House committee on Wednesday.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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