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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:

End time:

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 page

For the final portion of the test you must add a vote results box to a congressional member's page. 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 (congress). Select one of the candidates from below, add a section with a 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.

You should add a vote section for a historical election, such as the 2006 general election or the 2004 primary. Follow the existing format on the page.


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.

  • There were eight total statewide ballot measures on two South Dakota ballots in 2008. [1]
  • In 1998 there were seven medical marijuana related ballot measures.[3] Of these seven measures, five passed including Alaska Ballot Measure 8, Arizona Proposition 301, the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act, Oregon Measure 67, and Washington Initiative 692.
  • The following is a list of current members of the Sun Prairie, WI City Council with year elected in italics:
    • Mayor John Murray 2007[1]
    • Al Hoffman 2010[2]
    • Hariah Hutkowski 2006[3]
    • Jonathan Freund 2006[4]
    • Mary Polenske 2010[5]
    • Mike Kostelnik 2011[6]
    • Russ Fassbender 2007[7]
    • Steve Villand 2007[8]
    • Zachary Weber 2004[9]
  • California State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court (2001) was a case decided by California's Fifth District Court of Appeals. At question was what constitutes a public agency under California Law. California Statute University, Fresno planned to build a 103 million dollar new arena. The funds for this arena were procured from private donors and managed by a university affiliated non-profit, the California State University, Fresno Association, Inc. The McClatchy Company asked for a list of donors, claiming that such a list was owed to the public under the California Public Records Act. The court ruled against McClatchy finding that under California law, ancillary non-profits such as the California State University, Fresno Association, Inc. do meet the definition of a public agency and are therefore not subject to public disclosure laws.[10]
  • HB 477, sponsored by Republican Representative John Dougall, was a bill passed by the Utah State Legislature in July of 2011 only to be repealed two weeks later in response to public outrage. The bill limited public access to government communications by amending the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) to exempt text messages, instant messages and video chats from public records requests. It would have also required people requesting government records to pay for attorney time and staff time for large requests and eliminated language stating that government records are presumed to be public.