State lawmakers working to make ballot questions more clear to voters

Supporters hope bill will get approved in time for 2018 ballot questions

BOSTON (WWLP) – State lawmakers are working to make voting easier on election day.

Ballot questions can be confusing, sometimes making it unclear what your ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote actually means.

State lawmakers have a proposal that could change where your information comes from. More than 50 state lawmakers support a bill to create a Citizens Initiative Review Commission to provide voters with neutral information on ballot questions.

The commission would be made up of two dozen, randomly selected residents from each voting district. The panel would hear from supporters, opponents, and policy experts and then release important facts and information.

Currently, ballot information comes from state pamphlets and websites, but residents told 22News the information is often confusing and biased.

“People might jump into conclusions based on what they hear from the internet or from television,” Lexington resident Shixin Qin said. “Whereas if you hear from your fellow citizens, I think people will be making better judgement after this.”

Supporters hope the bill will get approved in time to create a panel for 2018 ballot questions.