How to write a referendum question

A referendum question is a crucial aspect of a democratic process, as it determines the clarity and fairness of the outcome. Here are some guidelines on how to best formulate a referendum question:

  1. Keep the question simple and clear: The question should be easy to understand and unambiguous. Avoid using technical jargon or complicated language.
  2. Use neutral language: The question should be phrased in a neutral tone, avoiding any biased or leading language. It should not favor one side or the other.
  3. Ask a specific question: The question should be specific and well-defined. It should not be vague or general, as this can lead to confusion.
  4. Provide adequate information: The question should provide enough information for voters to make an informed decision. This can include background information, the implications of the decision, and the options available. With the Deferendum app this step is optional since during the debate phase, members and editors can add arguments For or against to provide context and details.
  5. Use a balanced structure: If there are multiple options available, each option should be presented in a balanced and fair way. They should be listed in a consistent order, and their advantages and disadvantages should be outlined. This step is also redundant when using the Deferendum app.
  6. Keep it short: The question should be concise and to the point. Long, complex questions can be confusing and difficult to understand.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that the referendum question is fair, clear, and easy to understand. This will help to promote a democratic process and ensure that the outcome accurately reflects the will of the people.

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