PeeAitchPee writes: Here in Maryland, we currently have a petition drive underway to force a referendum on a new law granting in-state college tuition rates to illegal immigrants. In a few short months, the use of automated, web-based signature form preparation has helped to obtain almost 80% of the required signatures. The ACLU last month sent a letter to the State Board of Elections warning that the petition drive's website, which links to official state voter records and allows petitions to be pre-populated with exact names and addresses, could open the door to fraud. Does this technology indeed encourage fraudulent signatures, or does it merely enable more people to directly participate in their government's processes?
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