§ 515.

DIGEST OF MEASURES; FORMAT; READABILITY LEVEL

a.

The Ballot Simplification Committee shall prepare a digest of each measure submitted to the voters. Each digest shall include four subsections. These four subsections shall be entitled and shall appear in the following sequence in the voter information pamphlet: The Way It is Now, The Proposal, A “Yes” Vote Means, A “No” Vote Means.

b.

No digest shall exceed 300 words, exclusive of the title for each subsection provided for in Subsection (a) of this Section, unless the Ballot Simplification Committee determines that a longer digest is required because of the complexity or scope of the proposed measure.

c.

In preparing the digest of any measure, the Ballot Simplification Committee shall achieve the closest proximity to the eighth grade level of readability as possible. The Committee may utilize any nationally accepted standard for estimating readability.

d.

The digest for any measure shall be transmitted to the Director of Elections no fewer than 85 days prior to the election to which it relates, for printing and inclusion in the voter information pamphlet.

History

(Added by Ord. 429-97, App. 11/17/97)

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