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This writing guide explains how to write an "Introduction" for a local ballot measure article.

Introduction

Necessary components

The introduction to a local ballot measure article should briefly summarize the essential information about the measure. It should always cover the following:

  • The name of the jurisdiction in which the measure will be voted on
  • Usually a county, city, school district or special district
  • The name of the county in which the jurisdiction is located, if the jurisdiction is not a county
  • The name of the state in which the jurisdiction is located
  • A descriptive title of the measure
  • e.g. "sales tax measure" or "fracking ban initiative"
  • The official title of the measure, if there is one
  • e.g. "Measure B," "Initiative 71" or "Proposition 487"
  • The date on which the measure will be voted on, with a link to the election date article
  • After the election, whether the measure was approved or defeated
  • A brief summary of what happens if the measure is approved

If desired, additional information can be included in the introduction. This can include facts about the measure's impact on the community or jurisdiction, interesting features of the discussion on the measure, key quotes concerning the measure or brief summaries of the supporting and opposing positions. Any developing or breaking news stories about the measure should be briefly summarized and referred to in the introduction, preferably with a link to more substantial coverage in the appropriate section below.

Installation

The basic information regarding where and when the measure is being voted on should be in the first sentence. A summary of the outcome of the measure, once the election takes place, should be in the second sentence. The next sentence should contain a summary of the effect of the measure.

Below is a generic template that can be used to add an introduction to a local ballot measure article:


A(An) '''GENERIC NAME CITY/COUNTY/DISTRICT  DESCRIPTIVE TITLE, OFFICIAL TITLE''' ballot question is/was on the [[DATE, ballot measures in STATE|DATE election ballot]] in [[CITY/COUNTY/DISTRICT, STATE|CITY/COUNTY/DISTRICT]] in [[COUNTY, STATE ballot measures|COUNTY]], [[STATE]]. (It was '''approved/defeated'''.)

SUMMARY OF MEASURE

Examples

Below are examples of introductory sentences for local ballot measure articles:


Before election:

Measure in single county:

A City of La Habra Heights Ban on New Oil & Gas Wells and Fracking Initiative, Measure A is on the March 3, 2015 election ballot for voters in the city of La Habra Heights in Los Angeles County, California.

Measure spanning multiple counties:

A Sequim School District 323 Operations Tax Levy Replacement ballot question is on the February 12, 2013 election ballot in Clallam and Jefferson Counties, which are in Washington.


After election:

Measure in single county:

A City of La Habra Heights Ban on New Oil & Gas Wells and Fracking Initiative, Measure A was on the March 3, 2015 election ballot for voters in the city of La Habra Heights in Los Angeles County, California. It was defeated.

Measure spanning multiple counties:

See article: Sequim School District 323 Operations Tax Levy Replacement Proposition (February 2013)

A Sequim School District 323 Operations Tax Levy Replacement ballot question was on the February 12, 2013 election ballot in Clallam and Jefferson Counties, which are in Washington. It was approved.


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