Template:About scorecards

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On Ballotpedia, we define scorecards as those produced by newspapers, interest groups, state think tanks, partisan groups, 501c3s and 501c4s that provide relative rankings and cover all state or federal lawmakers. Some scorecards are created with a focus on specific issues, while others are broad in scope.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

To contribute to this list, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org. In some cases, we’ve been able to provide in-depth descriptions about the reports and the grading processes. However, for those that do not yet feature such descriptions, we do encourage readers and wiki volunteers to help expand these areas. See our writing guidelines to contribute.