Pursuant to Campaign Conduct Guidance Section 1(a), a candidate is prohibited from representing or implying in any campaign communication that the candidate is endorsed by the cooperative, the board of directors, an individual director or a cooperative employee. Because attaching a link to Cloverland’s website could be perceived as an endorsement by the cooperative, candidates should not provide such links in campaign material. As a practical matter, a link to the voting site would not allow members to vote in the election because each member has a unique logon that is necessary to vote.
Because the ballot includes Cloverland Electric Cooperative’s name and logo, candidates may not republish, reproduce, or otherwise use a copy of that ballot for campaign purposes. Doing so would violate Campaign Conduct Guidance Section 1(b).