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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: 1:25 pm

End time: 3:15 pm

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.

  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Harry Reid
  • Paul Ryan


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 South Dakota 2008 ballot measures. Seven of these were on the November Ballot, while one measure was listed on a statewide proposition vote in June 2008.
  • Jose Aliseda currently represents District 35 in the Texas House of Representatives.
  • The following people serve on the City Council for Sun Prairie, WI[1].
** Mayor John Murray (elected 2011[2]
** Al Hoffman (elected 2010, re-elected 2012[3])
** Hariah Hutkowski (elected 2006, re-elected 2008, 2010, & 2012[4])
** Jonathan Freund (elected 2006, re-elected 2008, 2010, & 2012[5])
** Mary Polenske (elected 2010, re-elected 2012[6])
** Mike Kostelnik (elected 2011[7])
** Russ Fassbender (elected 2007, re-elected 2009 & 2011[8])
** Steve Villand (elected 2007, re-elected 2009 & 2011[9])
** Zachary Weber (appointed 2004, elected 2005, re-elected 2007, 2009, & 2011[10]) 
  • In this case, the court ruled in favor of the McClatchy Company, which was suing for access to information about donors who had contributed to a sports arena built at CSU Fresno.[11].
  • Lyle W. Hillyard sponsored HB 477. The bill was an attempt to revise the state's Government Records Access and Management Act by restricting public access to government records. Two weeks after the legislature passed HB 477 in March of 2011, they voted to repeal the bill, due to its extreme unpopularity with the public.