Type Advisory Opinion 
Date 10/9/1997 
Number 97-08 
Topic Newsletters - Ballot Information 
Respondent  
Issue/Question
Are indirect appeals for votes, in a newsletter comment about a pending ballot measure, a violation of RCW 42.52.180?
Summary
Yes.  Indirect appeals (examples given) have the same effect as direct appeals and would violate .180, depending upon the context.  Board quoted general rule established in AO95 - No. 18.  In addition, in dealing with bills which become ballot measures, newsletter authors are advised to make a choice between (1) encouraging voting and including only a balanced, objective description of the measure or (2) including direct comments on the merits of the proposal as a bill, with no reference to voting except to note that the bill is now a ballot measure.
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