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Paul Collins Jr. comments on Question 1 & 3

Paul M. Collins, Jr., political science and director of legal studies, comments in a news story about referendum questions on the state ballot. He says Questions 1 and 3 are written in a confusing manner. Collins says Question 3, where a “yes” vote would uphold a 2016 law that prevents gender identity-based discrimination in public accommodations, and a “no” vote seeks to repeal that law is an example of unclear language for ballot questions. Collins says Question 3 is unusual and attributed its inclusion on the ballot to the desire of some people to discriminate against transgender people. He also says ballot questions are sometime intentionally confusing as proponents try to influence the election results. “In think in an ideal world, experts in relaying information in plain English can be utilized. This is a common problem in the political world, that things get bogged down with jargon, and ballot measures are susceptible to this,” Collins says. (Gazette, 11/1/18)

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