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Florida Ballot Proposal Wasn’t Vague, Court Says

(CN) - A ballot proposal to shrink a county commission from seven members to five was not impermissibly vague, a Florida appeals court ruled.

Roy Lyons appealed the ballot language, claiming it did not specify that the four-year, at-large term for a commission chairperson would be one of the eliminated seats.

Judge Benton ruled that the ballot title and summary were not misleading and didn't need to include those details.

"The ballot language might have informed the electorate that that the proposed amendment would have the incidental effect of restoring to the county commission itself the right to select its chair," Benton wrote. "But the statutory requirement is not that every nuance and contingency be catalogued."

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