Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards lobbied state administrators, and won, for a condensed format. The adjustment will ease voter fatigue and increase voter participation by allowing a three-sheet ballot with content on six sides, rather than a four-sheet ballot with content on seven sides.
It's a little tricky.
The elections office will move the countywide School Board tax flexibility referendum ahead of the 11 proposed state constitutional amendments. The school question will appear on the back side of the first ballot sheet and the amendments will fill the remaining pages.
Another plus, according to Edwards, will be saving some money on printing costs.
There will be more than enough substantive issues to confront Collier voters. Style should not get in the way. Edwards' efforts strike a blow for that belief.