What is a Sample Ballot?
The Secretary of State is required to prepare sample ballots for each election so that voters have an opportunity to inform themselves about the candidates and issues appearing on the ballot. A sample ballot will be substantially the same as a regular ballot except that there will be no state seal and the heading "SAMPLE BALLOT" replaces "OFFICIAL BALLOT".
The Secretary of States provides each municipal clerk with sample ballots before each election. The clerk is required to post sample ballots in each voting district, along with the Notice of Election at least 7 days before Election Day. The clerk may also duplicate and distribute sample ballots as needed.