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Writing:Ballot measure research sources

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One of the trickiest parts of writing good ballot measure articles is finding good, creditable sources. This page is a dedicated list of starting sources.

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A list of individual state blue books. Blue books often have election results and biographies of state officials.

A list of voter guides. Some voter guides have detailed information on ballot measures, others have information on candidates for office

A list of official election result sources.

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Google has newspaper archives going back well over one hundred years, much of which is free to browse. Old newspaper articles can be a good source of election information, particularly the state's "official" newspaper.

This site has links to various newspapers available online

The Secretary of State, and other publications/research divisions within state governments can often lead to useful historical state documentation.

While relying on the NCSL as a single source of information should be avoided and information should not be copied verbatim, the site can be a good starting reference. Also note that Historical information is missing from the site in many instances.

I&R has historical information on citizen initiatives and referendums for each state, not legislative.

Database of historical citizen initiatives, with information of court challenges

Database of committee contribution totals by topic, year and state

List of newspaper archives by state

A database of historical newspapers by the Library of Congress (Pre-1922)

A list of online newspaper sources by Washington State University

A list of online newspaper sources by the University of Pennsylvania List

Database of archived small town newspapers dating back from 1846. Newspapers are not available for all states.

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