This is a transcript I had with an online lawyer concerning the legality of online petitions.
Legality of petition question
The following was obtained, during the initial vetting of internet petitions, from: http://signmyname.org/
Would e-Petitions in Michigan Hold the same legal standing as paper-based ballot initiatives?
It appears they would, but that is what we are attempting to establish firmly. Current Michigan law allows electronically signed documents to be given "legal" status by way of the UETA Act (Uniform Electronic Transactions Act), established in 1999 and adopted by the State of Michigan in 2000. This law removes the somewhat tenuous standing that digital signatures had before the law was adopted.