The Oregon Senate has passed a bill setting higher standards for imitation ballots, in the wake of controversy in the Measure 66/67 campaigns—where lobbyist Mark Nelson sent out imitation ballots to confuse voters. Secretary of State Kate Brown has come up with the idea of Senate Bill 1062. “Oregonians get a lot of mail during election season and they need to have certainty over the difference between a real and a mock ballot,” she said in a statement this morning:
SB 1062 changes the notification statement that is to be printed on the ballot from “NOT FOR OFFICIAL USE” to “THIS IS NOT A REAL BALLOT. DO NOT USE TO VOTE.” It also requires the statement to appear in boldface, 36-point type.The bill will now go to the Oregon House for consideration.