After reviewing The Nelson Report imitation ballot mailing package we find that it is substantially similar to previous imitation ballots permitted by our office. Although, we have previously found that similar language on imitation ballots by Mr. Nelson and others may substantially comply with election law, the timing of this mailing, and the potential for voter confusion, make this a more serious case.
Sending out an imitation ballot so close to an election, and during the same time window that official ballots are being mailed, significantly increases the risk of voter confusion. We strongly encourage you to complete any future mailings with an imitation ballot not later than 45 days before an election.