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Regarding “Populist concept now for the rich” (March 21): For some time now, the giant special interests such as Big Tobacco have gamed the initiative process by cornering the signature-gathering market. So how can we Californians restore, indeed revolutionize, the people’s direct check on the special interests?
Let me suggest that the Legislature and the governor should enact a law to allow voters to electronically sign ballot measure petitions. If we can allow voter registration online, we can allow e-signatures for ballot measure petitions. We need to bring direct democracy into the 21st century. The special interests have gamed the initiative process long enough. E-signatures would be a populist game-changer.
Bob Ryan, San Francisco