Monday, April 11, 2016

From the Austin American - Statesman: Wear: Don’t mess up your vote: Here’s what Uber, Lyft ballot question means

For our look at municipal elections. Ballot wording is often confusing.

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Perhaps I shouldn’t worry so much about a confusion factor with the ballot language that Austin voters will encounter on Proposition 1 in the May 7 election.
After all, as last week’s campaign finance reports made clear, Uber and Lyft have already spent more than $2 million to make sure most voters know whether to vote for or against the ballot question. But already, Statesman columnist Ken Herman and I have heard from readers who are befuddled by the wording they see posted on the Travis County clerk’s sample ballot. One of them, who told me her intention was to oppose Uber and Lyft, said she would have inadvertently voted the other way based on what she had read in the ballot language.
It is not hard to see why. Here’s what each of you Austin voters will encounter when you go to the polls during early voting (April 25 to May 3) or on May 7:

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