Published: 18 October 2011 04:38 PM

Riverside County supervisors gave their initial approval Tuesday to a law requiring county candidates to electronically file campaign finance disclosure reports.

“We believe it is a huge step in the direction of transparency,” said Supervisor John Benoit, who sponsored the measure.

The Registrar of Voters office already has a system that allows candidates to electronically file the reports, which are then available online for public viewing. Supervisors and most other countywide officials use the system, but they are not required to do so.

Under current rules, a candidate or political action committee can file the documents in person or mail them, provided the postmark meets the deadline.

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