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There are three aspects to this test: performing research on the wikis, performing research on the internet, and adding information to an established page. Upon completion of each element, add them to the section of this page called "Results." This test is timed; plan to spend approximately one hour on it in total. Note your start and finish times in the section below.


Before beginning the test you must register with Ballotpedia. Please create a user account for yourself following this naming pattern: First name, month, day. For example: Sara0317.


Note your start and finish times here.

Start time: 10:14am

End time: 12:38pm

Wiki research

Answer the questions below. Provide citations to your answers in proper wiki citation format. Please use pages on the wiki to find your answers.

  1. How many statewide measures were on the 2008 South Dakota ballot?
  2. How many states have a Lieutenant Governor? Which states do not?
  3. Who are the members of the Michigan State Senate Redistricting Committee?
  4. How many measures relating to Medical Marijuana were on the ballot in 1998? Which (if any) were approved?
  5. Who is the current representative for District 35 in the Texas House of Representatives?

Internet research

Answer the questions below. Provide citations to your answers in proper wiki citation format.

  1. Who is on the City Council for Sun Prairie, WI? When were they elected?
  2. What was the decision in the case of California State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court in California?
  3. Who sponsored HB 477 in the Utah 2011 session? What did the bill do? What is it's current status?

Complex edit

For the final portion of the test you must add a vote results box from a historical mayoral race. Vote result boxes require important wiki skills including research, proper citations and table building code. Guidelines for adding one to a page can be found at Writing:Election histories (state legislators). Researching the race bulleted, add a small summary and the election box inside of the "Results" section indicated below. Follow the format used here

  • Newark, New Jersey mayoral election, 2010


In this section, add a link to the sub-section of the complex page you edited. Also write your answers to the research questions here in a bullet-pointed list.

Wiki Research

Internet Research

  • Current members of the City Council for Sun Prairie, Wisconsin are listed below with their districts, year first elected in parentheses.
    • Russell Fassbender, District 1 (2007).[1]
    • Hariah Hutkowski, District 1 (2006).[2]
    • Jonathan Freund, District 2 (2006).[3]
    • Andrea Gage, District 2 (2013).[4]
    • Zachary Weber, District 3 (appointed 2004, first elected 2005).[5]
    • Al Hoffmann, District 3 (2010).[6]
    • Dave Carlson, District 4 (2013).[7]
    • Mary Polenske, President, District 4 (2010).[8]
  • The case of California State University, Fresno Association, Inc. v. Superior Court contributes to the definition of what constitutes a public record in California. California State University, Fresno was planning to build a new arena, to be managed by a university-affiliated nonprofit, California State University, Fresno Association, Inc. The primary source of funding would be private donors who would receive luxury suites in the new arena. Because some of the donors requested anonymity, on October 14, 1999 The McClatchy Company, owners of The Fresno Bee, requested the records for those who received luxury suites in return for their donation. The University denied the request on October 22, "arguing that the detriment to public interest in form of the University's inability to receive future donations weighs against the public interest in disclosure of the records."[9] The McClatchy Company filed suit on March 24, 2000; the court ruled against the University on December 19, 2000. In January of 2001, the University appealed the decision of the lower court on the grounds that California courts had not previously recognized records from auxiliary organizations to be part of public record. On July 16, 2001, the California Fifth District Court of Appeals ruled that an affiliated association, the California State University, Fresno Association records are not part of the public record, and the Association would therefore not have to release their donor records.[10]
  • Utah's 2011 HB 477's chief sponsor was John Dougall; the bill was passed and set to go into effect on July 1, 2011.[11] The bill exempted select types of electronic communication, such as text messages and instant messages, from public records laws, and added additional fees for public records requests. In addition, the bill removed language stating that government records are presumed to be public; this change removed the burden on the state to defend why records should remain confidential if a request for the records were denied.[12]. On March 25, 2011, the bill was repealed by wide margins in both legislative chambers: 60-3 in the House, and 19-5 in the Senate.[13]

Complex edit

Incumbent Mayor Cory Booker won the May 11 general election, defeating the other three candidates on the ballot. Booker was originally elected mayor in 2006 with 72% of the vote.[14]

Newark, New Jersey Mayor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 59.1% 22,745
     Nonpartisan Clifford Minor 35.3% 13,570
     Nonpartisan Yvonne Garrett Moore 4.4% 1,703
     Nonpartisan Mirna L. White 1.2% 444
Total Votes 38,462
Election Results Via: Our Campaigns

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