Joint Panel To Consider Clarifying Ballot Measures

By: AP - Posted by Giang Nguyen
By: AP - Posted by Giang Nguyen

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas House members of a conference committee on elections have asked their Senate counterparts to consider a proposal to help voters understand complicated ballot measures.

The issue arose over a Feb. 28 Wichita referendum in which voters rescinded a tax incentive the City Council had granted to developers of the Ambassador Hotel project downtown.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports some voters said the ballot language was so confusing it was impossible to know what a ``yes'' or ``no'' vote meant.

Olathe Republican Rep. Scott Schwab, chairman of the House Elections Committee, asked senators on the conference committee to talk to their leaders about adding the language to an elections bill.

The proposal would allow officials to provide an explanation when it's not clear what a ballot measure would do.

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