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54 Bias?

First complaint like this I’ve heard, from an e-mailer. I’m oretty sure 54 would have lost anyway, but interesting:

Very unfortunate ballot heading for Prop. 54: “CLASSIFICATION BY RACE,

ETHNICITY, NATURAL ORIGIN.” Following that bold heading was some fine print

and then the big YES/NO boxes. Even though I knew what Prop 54 was, my

instinct was to check the NO box (as in “no, I would not like to be

classified by my race . . .”). I had to do a double-take as a result of the

visual presentation. Not to play Fla politics (I did get it right), but I’m

willing to bet that heading cost the measure because the heading presents

exactly the opposite of the goal of the proposition.


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