Question: Should section be amended to remove the requirement that initiative and referendum ballots be printed to provide an opportunity to mark the ballot with an “X” and replace with a provision that voters shall record their choices “in the manner prescribed by the general law of the State”?

Proposed Language:

§ 66     Form of Ballots; Election Results

Ordinances, or parts thereof, submitted to vote of the electors in accordance with the initiative and referendum provisions of this Charter shall be submitted by ballot title. There shall appear upon the official ballot a ballot title, which may be distinct from the legal title of the proposed or referred ordinances, and which shall be a clear, concise statement, without argument or prejudice, descriptive of the substance of the ordinance, or part thereof. The ballot title shall be prepared by the committee of petitioners if for an initiated ordinance, and in all other cases by the Director of Law. The ballots used in voting upon the ordinance, or part thereof, shall have below the ballot title thereof the two following propositions, one above the other, in the order indicated: “For the ordinance” and “Against the ordinance.” The elector of the City shall record the elector’s vote for or against the ordinance or part of an ordinance, if part only of an ordinance is submitted in the manner prescribed by general law. Any number of ordinances, or parts thereof, may be voted upon at the same election and may be submitted on the same ballot, but the ballot used for voting thereon shall be for that purpose only. If a majority of the electors of the City voting on any ordinance, submitted in accordance with the initiative provisions of this Charter, shall vote in favor thereof, it shall thereupon become an ordinance of the City. If an ordinance or part of an ordinance, submitted in accordance with the referendum provisions of this Charter, be not approved by a majority of those voting thereon, it shall be deemed repealed.