FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOTICE OF BALLOT SIMPLIFICATION COMMITTEE MEETINGS
FOR THE FEBRUARY 5, 2008 CONSOLIDATED PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION
SAN FRANCISCO, October 22, 2007 – Beginning Monday, October 29, the Ballot Simplification Committee will conduct public meetings to prepare an impartial summary of each local ballot measure for publication in San Francisco's Voter Information Pamphlet for the upcoming February 5, 2008 Consolidated Presidential Primary Election.
The Committee must complete its digests no later than 85 days before the election. For the February election, this deadline falls on Monday, November 12.
For more information or to request a meeting agenda, please contact Barbara Carr at the Department of Elections (Voice: (415) 554-6105 Email: Barbara.Carr@sfgov.org), or visit our website at www.sfgov.org/election.
About the Ballot Simplification Committee
The Ballot Simplification Committee prepares a summary (or "digest") of each local ballot measure that will be voted on only in San Francisco. The digest, which is intended to inform voters of the character and purpose of a proposed measure in a fair and impartial manner, is printed in the City's Voter Information Pamphlet and mailed to every registered voter in advance of the election. The digest must explain the primary purposes and points of the measure, but is not required to include auxiliary or subsidiary information.
Each digest must include the following four sections:
" The Way It Is Now
" The Proposal
" A Yes' Vote Means
" A No' Vote Means
In general, each digest is limited to 300 words. Digests may exceed the 300-word limit if the Committee determines that the complexity or scope of the proposed measure requires a longer digest. In addition, digests must be written as close as possible to the eighth-grade reading level.
The Ballot Simplification Committee also assists the Director of Elections in preparing other informational material for the Voter Information Pamphlet, such as a glossary of the terms that appear in the pamphlet.