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What we are

Ballotpedia is an online encyclopedia about American politics and elections. Our goal is to connect people to politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at the local, state, and federal level.

How we operate

Ballotpedia is published on a wiki platform, meaning any registered user is welcome to add knowledge and improve our content. Every submission to Ballotpedia is fact-checked and curated by our professional editing staff. All Ballotpedia content must be neutral, accurate, and verifiable. Ballotpedia currently has 806,295 articles and 10,757 registered users.


Ballotpedia is sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. The mission of the Lucy Burns Institute is to empower its audience to engage in democracy by delivering exceptionally high quality information. The Lucy Burns Institute is funded entirely by private contributions, and does not receive government funding.

Who we are

Bailey Ludlam interview with Grassroots TV about Ballotpedia, published in February 2014.

Ballotpedia has an editorial staff of 45 writers and researchers. Although we have an office in Madison, Wisconsin, the majority of our staff work from home offices across the United States. Geoff Pallay serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Ballotpedia. A full list of Ballotpedia's employees is available here.

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Ballotpedia's content projects include:

History and impact

Since Ballotpedia's founding in 2007, we’ve received over 450 million page views. Our work has been referenced in over 5,000 media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Politico.

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Ballotpedia cultivates thriving citizenship through the free and open sharing of information. The video below explains Ballotpedia's mission.

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