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Monday, September 26, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - Referendum questions now at the beginning of the ballot

A Bloomington Herald-Times tweet today includes a photo of the top of the November official ballot for Monroe County. The linked-to $$ story points out:

There's one thing supporters of the tax referendum for the Monroe County Community School Corp. don't have to worry about anymore: The question about whether to extend a property tax increase first adopted in 2010 won't be at the bottom of the general election ballot.

That came as something of a surprise last week, when copies of the final general election ballot were sent out from the Monroe County Clerk's Office. Referendum campaign volunteers had been telling supporters, "Don't stop at the top," thinking the question would be the last thing on the ballot, as it was in 2010.

But in 2011, Indiana law changed to require state constitutional amendments and "local public questions" to be placed at the top, right after instructions for voters and before any officeholders being selected by voters. That's where the MCCSC referendum question will be located when voters go to the polls in November. It will be labeled "School District Question," and it will appear immediately after a proposed state amendment that would make hunting and fishing a constitutional right, and just before straight-party voting options. [ILB emphasis]

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 26, 2016 01:32 PM
Posted to Indiana Government