Confusion lingers on roll cart ballot language

1 year 7 months 6 days ago Wednesday, March 16 2016 Mar 16, 2016 Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2:12:00 PM CDT March 16, 2016 in News
By: Jasmine Lee, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Some voters said they are left confused about the language of the city's Proposition 1, which passed Tuesday and ultimately means roll carts will not be used in Columbia.

Proposition 1 had two options: "yes," which would stop the city from considering the implementation of roll carts, and "no," which would have allowed the discussion to continue. (See sample ballot question below.)

The KOMU 8 Facebook page was filled with comments from viewers voicing their concerns about the wording on the ballot. 

Facebook user Jeanne Tucker Gordon said, "I would like to see a "do-over" vote. That wording on the ballot was meant to be confusing. Maybe we should encourage a ballot with just photos."

Another user, Amanda Desiree Early said, "I think the voting language confused voters! It seemed like it would be a yes for roll carts, no to stay with bags (intuitively). The wording was not clear. Luckily I had looked at it prior to voting and read a couple of articles that explained things better."

Chuck Headley, a member of the Solid Waste Advocacy Group, helped push for the ban on discussion. He said he could see how people who did not read the ballot carefully beforehand, could be confused.

"We had to do what we did. It wasn't simply saying do you want roll-carts or bags," Headley said. "We had to have an ordinance and a city law that said do you want the law or do you not want the law."

Headley said he did not know if the ballot could have been written in a "better way."

"We worked with an attorney to make sure that it was legal," he said. "We had to make sure that the language was very legal language."

Jon Asher, a Columbia voter who voted "no" on Proposition 1, said he didn't like the wording on the ballot.

"I'm not even in favor of it being called the "roll-cart" issue because neither way it would give us roll-carts," Asher said. "So when it's called the "roll-cart" issue, that seems disingenuous."

Asher also said it was "intentionally misleading" and it makes him feel very cynical because the city would not allow the voters to decide on a "simple yes or no vote."

Marvin Overby, a political science professor at the University of Missouri said the language on the ballot was confusing because "it was essentially a double negative."

 

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