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The 50!s

This is a project I started to get stub articles and charts started for all years and ballot measures in the 1950s.

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Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

Quality improvement for ballot measures that were not on the ballot. For project details see:



2009 ballot measures

Let's get them right!


Valid signatures

With a signature lawsuit about the signatures on Washington R-71, it would be a good time to expand Ballotpedia's coverage on what a valid signature is, signature requirements, signature challenges, post-certification signature challenges and related topics.


Local ballot measures.

The August 2009 Collaboration of the Month is creating a better organizational structure for local ballot measures.

Status: We made very good progress on this.

  • County templates were made for each of the 50 states that list out local ballot measures by county.
  • We made the decision to include local ballot measure election dates in the main county template for each state as in this example: {{Maine counties}}. Templates have been changed to adjust to this new format in about 10 states, including states with many local ballot measures, such as Colorado, Washington and Ohio.
  • Contributors have started adding a link on county pages to the county's Department of Elections. This has been finished in about 8-10 states.


Activists, donors and organizations.

Although Ballotpedia has a number of articles about individuals and organizations that are involved in one way or another with ballot measures, this information has not been organized into a project. I am advocating that during July, we focus on creating some good ways of organizing and improving all this material, such as by:

  • Creating an official project, with an associate work template and user badge.
  • Making sure that categories for activists, donors and organizations are consistent from state-to-state.
  • Establishing more thorough writing guidelines and standards for this type of article.



This project has consisted of better organizing how news related to ballot measures, recall campaigns and state legislators is covered. A new feature created during June was the {{Assignment Desk}}.


State officials.

Statewide officeholders such as the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General often have specific constitutional duties with regard to ballot measures. With that in mind, it would be helpful to readers to have a reference for who those officeholders are. The Officials project shows you where there are articles, and where articles are needed. The project for May 2009 is to get a good start on a useful collection of articles about these state officials.


1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

It's an odd-numbered election year without many petition drive deadlines so let's go back and work on improving articles by year of statewide ballot measures for 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

  • There's a Style guide with some great ideas on how to best format these articles.
  • Progress report: Great work done on all the years in this project. 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1995 are mostly done. 1997, 2001 and 2003 are close to done. 1999 and 2005 need the most additional work. January 13:56, 1 May 2009 (CDT)


California ballot propositions

California has a special statewide election on May 19 where voters will weigh in on seven ballot propositions. There's a growing library of information on Ballotpedia about local ballot measures as California school bond elections, November 2008, ranked by amount requested attests, but not as much about historical statewide propositions.

The March project is about adding information about older California ballot measures, from 1922 to 1990. Start your engines.

Thanks for starting this collaboration. I'll probably work on adding information to 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. (Polycal).
What we ended up doing is a lot of work on the 1996, 1998 and 2000 propositions. (Polycal).


Recall campaigns:

We've all heard about the "big" recalls but what is there to learn about mayoral, city council, school board, county commission and special district recalls? In 2009 so far, Ballotpedia is covering 20 recall campaigns about specific politicians and eight cases where an attempt is being made to recall entire groups.

Please add more detail to the 2009 recalls and help fill in our list of recalls going back to 1911.

Great job again! Contributors got articles going about 33 recalls set for 2009. January


Local ballot measures:

Ballotpedia has a small but growing portal about local ballot measures. In January 2009, we'd like to encourage Ballotpedia contributors to focus on growing this part of Ballotpedia.

California school district bond elections, November 2008 is an example of a very useful list of local school bond elections in California. Some of the related articles that could be developed are:

Great job! January 16:21, 30 January 2009 (CST)

We added articles about local ballot measures in nineteen states!

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