Miami-Dade commissioners signed off on a pair of elections reforms Tuesday, including one intended to keep future presidential ballots short.
The board voted 6-5 to approve Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s proposal to limit the number of county questions on presidential-election ballots to three, with a two-thirds vote of the commission required to add more questions.
There is currently no limit on how many charter amendments or nonbinding straw-ballot questions can be included on a Miami-Dade ballot. Commissioners placed 10 questions on November’s ballot, which, along with 11 state constitutional amendments, contributed to long voting lines at the polls.
“I want the citizens to really have the opportunity to understand the items that are there,” Jordan said.
Several of her colleagues said they had misgivings about any attempt to keep issues from making it onto the ballot.
“Really, it doesn’t help the democratic process,” said Commissioner Javier Souto, who made passing mentions of Hitler and Stalin. A group of 60 German police officers was visiting the commission chambers, learning about local government.