Spin Cycle

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Watchdogs accuse the state Board of Elections of yet again using biased language to describe a state ballot proposition.

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A year ago, the board approved rosy wording to describe a proposal to legalize casinos, wording that said gambling will create jobs and help schools.

This time, it’s about a referendum on creating a redistricting commission for the State Legislature. The New York Public Interest Research Group and Common Cause say language describing the panel as “independent” is “grossly misleading,” because it would be appointed by political leaders. They also say the proposition is garbled with bureaucratic prattle to the point of being “incomprehensible to most voters.”