Forgive me for inflicting this on you, but I couldn’t resist. My mail-in ballot arrived today and in reading over it, I was reminded repeatedly of yesterday’s post about all caps text in legal documents. My ballot is a wonderful (or horrible) example.
There are a number of measures on the ballot; those approved will become either new state statutes or amendments to the state constitution. (Don’t ask me why, in Colorado, the constitution is up for grabs in every election, why everyday tax and finance measures get stuck into the constitution, etc. It’s a crazy system and I have no idea why it exists. Something about direct democracy, I think.) For reasons I cannot comprehend, some of the measures are set in all caps and others are in the normal, easy-to-read cap and lowercase.
Anyway, there are several measures on the ballot regarding county mill levies that I’ve not seen before. The photo is of the last half (yes, only half) of one of the measures (note the measure to the left is set in normal caps and lowercase). I’ve tried three times to read and comprehend this and have failed. Completely. Totally. I can’t even keep my eyes on it long enough to get to the bottom, much less understand the legal gobbledygook.
And I’m expected to vote on this?