Roopali represents four initiative campaigns who filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court to seek an order permitting them to use the E-Qual system to obtain online signatures

Roopali Desai Calls for Arizona Courts to Allow Online Petition Signatures

Although social distancing practices and stay-at-home orders are necessary, they have hindered the ability for groups seeking to put measures on the November ballot to collect petition signatures from individuals. Roopali Desai recently sat down with KJZZ, Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Capitol Times to discuss the breadth of the issue and how to solve it. An experienced election and political lawyer, Roopali represents four initiative campaigns who filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court to seek an order permitting them to use the E-Qual system to obtain online signatures. She shared that political candidates already have access to the same system to get the signatures they need and argued the court should uphold the constitutional right of citizens to initiate laws by allowing the use of the...

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Roopali represents four initiative campaigns who filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court to seek an order permitting them to use the E-Qual system to obtain online signatures

Arizona Capitol Times Gets Roopali Desai’s Take on Legislative Proposals

When covering three legislative proposals (HCR2032, HCR2046 and SCR1020) that could scale back Arizona voters’ lawmaking powers and upend Arizona’s ballot initiative and referral system, Arizona Capitol Times turned to Coppersmith Brockelman’s Roopali Desai for expert commentary. A highly regarded election and political lawyer, Roopali highlighted how the proposed laws are an attempt to undermine voters’ constitutional rights to legislate co-equally with the legislative branch. Moreover, she says, these changes could result in lengthy ballots and costly elections, ultimately leading to voter disengagement.  Roopali, who is a partner in the firm’s litigation group, advises clients on all aspects of election law, including campaign finance compliance, disclosure and reporting requirements, and bringing and defending election challenges. She is especially known for her experience representing initiative, referendum, and recall campaigns, and...

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Roopali represents four initiative campaigns who filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court to seek an order permitting them to use the E-Qual system to obtain online signatures

Roopali Desai Sheds Light on Arizona’s Second Chance Act in Local Media

Arizona has the fourth-highest prison population in the United States, but the new Second Chances, Rehabilitation and Public Safety Act could change that. Coppersmith Brockelman’s Roopali Desai, who serves as legal counsel for the initiative and helped to craft the measure, was featured on KJZZ and in articles for the Arizona Republic and Daily Independent sharing insights on the legislation. The Second Chances Act is an opportunity for non-dangerous offenders to shorten their prison sentences through “earned release credits,” based on good behavior and participation in rehabilitation programs. It would also give judges discretion in sentencing non-dangerous offenders in the interest of justice based on the facts and circumstances of the case, including victims’ statements. Finally, it establishes a fund for first responders and victims of violent crimes. According to Roopali,...

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Roopali represents four initiative campaigns who filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court to seek an order permitting them to use the E-Qual system to obtain online signatures

Roopali Desai Talks to KJZZ About Ballot Proposal That Expands Voter Protections, Strengthens Conflict of Interest Laws

As one of the state’s leading election and political law attorneys, Roopali Desai discussed the Democracy and Accountability Act in an interview with KJZZ. This ballot proposal would strengthen conflict of interest rules, eliminate a ban on door-to-door ballot collections and address restrictions on the citizen initiative process. The hope is to promote issues that are most important to Arizona voters, rather than special interests.  Roopali explained the initiative seeks to implement laws:  To stop corruption and self-dealing by state legislators. To ensure access to voting by extending the early voting period and allow voters to request assistance to turn in their early ballots. To protect the rights of voters who sign initiative petitions.To fix procedural inconsistencies and streamline requirements for citizen initiatives. Roopali noted that the initiative is working to address...

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Roopali represents four initiative campaigns who filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court to seek an order permitting them to use the E-Qual system to obtain online signatures

KJZZ Taps Roopali Desai to Discuss Arizona’s Initiative to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Representing the “Smart and Safe Arizona Act,” election attorney Roopali Desai was tapped by KJZZ News Radio to discuss the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona.  Roopali explained that backers of the initiative ran the ballot language by legislative council members for feedback. She reinforced the significance of this review, noting that the 16-page initiative includes details about how the money from fines and civil penalties will be used.The hope is for the money to go toward community colleges, public safety, and other related programs. The legislative council’s recommendations will be used to revise the ballot language to ensure it is abundantly clear.  Roopali advises clients on all aspects of political and election law including campaign strategy, campaign finance compliance, disclosure and reporting requirements, and bringing and...

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Roopali represents four initiative campaigns who filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court to seek an order permitting them to use the E-Qual system to obtain online signatures

KTAR Taps Roopali Desai to Discuss Canvassers Paying Phoenix Voters for Social Media Posts

Some promotional tactics related to Proposition 106 are stirring up controversy. To break down the legalities, KTAR news radio called on Roopali Desai, one of the state’s leading election and political law attorneys. The issue: a private group of Prop. 106 supporters is paying Phoenix voters to post “Yes on 106” to personal social media accounts. . If passed, Proposition 106 would mandate annual assessments of Phoenix’s pension debt and budget matters.  Roopali explained voters can express their personal support, but if they are paid to express a position, they should disclose they are being paid and by whom. She suggested that Arizona could require campaigns to disclose whether they pay people to advertise on personal social media, but she noted that no such law currently exists.  Roopali advises clients...

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