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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: 4:50 p.m.

End time: 7:30 p.m.

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 to either a state ballot measures or state legislative page. Vote results boxes require important wiki skills including research, proper citations, and working with templates. Guidelines for adding one to a page can be found here - state measure guidelines or state legislative guidelines. Select one of the measures/legislators below, and add an "election results" section and vote results box, then link to the section you added in the "Results" section indicated below. After completing the section cross the link you used out on this list.


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.

  • Internet Research
    1. The city council members for Sun Prairie, WI are Russel Fassbender (first elected in 2007), Hariah Hutkowsk (first elected in 2006), Jonathan Freund (first elected in 2006), Steve Villand (first elected in 2007), Zachary Weber (first elected in 2004), Al Hoffman (first elected in 2010), Mike Kostelnik (first elected in 2011), and Mary Polenkse (first elected in 2010).[6]
    2. In the case of California State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court, the court ruled that the University must disclose the documents that were requested of it, but that the Fresno Association may retain the documents as the auxiliary of a public institution but not a public entity itself, exempting it from public records requests.[7]
    3. Hb 477 of the Utah 2011 legislative session was sponsored by John Dougall. The bill modified Utah's Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) in four ways: it exempted certain categories of communication from GRAMA's definition of record; it broadened GRAMA's definition of "protected records;" it modified the fee structure of GRAMA requests; and it altered the burden of proof necessary to challenge the denial of a GRAMA request. Utah HB 477 has been signed into law the Governor of Utah.[8]