Fine print could foul up question on ballot

Poor wording used in a question on Tuesday's ballot could confuse some New Jersey voters.

A statewide question will let voters weigh in on whether residents should be given the chance to vote before lawmakers borrow money. According to a FDU Public Mind poll, 75 percent of New Jersey residents respond yes when asked in those simple terms.

The question on the ballot, however, is 170 words long and filled with phrases such as "autonomous public corporate entities" and "instrumentalities of the state." When asked in the question written on the ballots, the number of voters in favor plummets to 46 percent.

The question's primary author, Sen. Leonard Lance, says the wording is a legal necessity.

"Public questions involve amending the constitution and unfortunately there's a lot of legalese in the constitution," he says.

Voters are being reminded of what the question means. Residents should vote yes if they want no more borrowing without a vote. Those who choose no are casting ballots in favor of allowing borrowing without a vote.

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