How Do I Sign?
You can sign in 3 easy steps:
1. Carefully read the document
2. Enter your typewritten information
3. Enter your handwritten information with your iPhone or iPod Touch
That's it! Once you click "Finish" both you and the sponsoring campaign will receive the signed document by email.
What Do I Sign With?
Your finger. When prompted, turn your iPhone sideways and write your signature with your finger on the iPhone screen. Write slowly for best results.
Why Must I Handwrite My Address?
California election law requires you to write certain information "in your own hand". This includes your printed name, address, and the date you signed the document -- in addition to your signature.
How Do I Get a Copy?
Once you finish signing the document on your iPhone, you will receive the signed copy by email within minutes.
Can I sign on devices other than an iPhone?
Yes. You may also use the iPod Touch provided it is able to reach an internet connection. We are working on certifying other mobile devices such as the Verizon Droid, Palm Pre, and Blackberry Storm 2, and should have those available shortly.
Can other people sign using my iPhone?
Yes. Please feel free to lend your iPhone to anyone who wants to support the petition. However, they must read the petition, enter their own information, and sign their own name.
I'm having trouble signing on my iPod Touch.
Verafirma's service needs at OS 3.0 and above. Please download the latest OS upgrade in order to sign. Click here to learn how to do it.
What Are Electronic Signatures?
In 2000, Congress passed and the President signed the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act. This act gave electronic signatures the same force and weight under the law as handwritten signatures.
Today, electronic signatures are used by almost every Fortune 500 company, every Federal agency, and are used routinely by consumers millions of times per day (for example, the last time you signed an electronic checkout pad for a credit card charge). Electronic signatures bring down costs, speed up operations and improve compliance and security.
To learn more about electronic signatures click here
How does the California initiative process work?
California, along with 26 other states, allows voters to directly vote on statutes and constitutional amendments. In order to place a law on a general election ballot, the California constitution requires that the petition be signed by a certain number of voters (between 5% and 8% of the total votes cast in the prior gubernatorial election).
For more information, the California Secretary of State provides the Statewide Ballot Initiative Handbook.
Why is the initiative process important and popular to Californians?
Statewide polls demonstrate that Californians like the initiative process, believing that policy decisions made at the ballot are frequently better and address issues ignored by elected officials.
"Californias ballot initiative process has become a major catalyst of reform in the state and the leading example of direct democracy in the nation. Ballot initiatives bypass the normal institutions or representative government and place legislative power directly in the hands of the people. Although the idea of direct democracy by vote of the people is ancient, predating even the Greek city states, nowhere has it been applied as rigorously and with such sweeping results as in California."
-Center for Government Studies
Can I use this technology at my company?
Yes. Verafirma, Inc. is one of the leading signature companies with customers and partners such as Xignature, NetSuite, Citi, Travelers Insurance, and Microsoft. Verafirma offers a free trial
for business customers, and also offers OEM components so software and internet companies can offer electronic signatures in their own application.