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To locate an article, type your query into the search box. You can either choose to hit enter, or click on the magnifying glass once you have entered your query. As you are typing, pages that match what you have typed so far will appear below the window, where you can choose to navigate directly to them. Once you have completed your query and hit "Enter" or clicked the magnifying glass icon, you will be taken to a search results page.

Searching

Capitalization

Searches on Ballotpedia are case-insensitive. Whether you search for ballot, Ballot or BALLOT, you will get the same results.

Exact matches

If you want to find an exact match for your search terms, place your search phrase in double quotation marks, "such as this", to find exactly what you are looking for.

Search term tips

Tips for searching:

  • If your search terms include common words (such as the, your, more, right, while, when, who, which, such, every, about), you may see many irrelevant results.
  • Only pages that contain all the words exactly as you typed them in will be returned. So if you did not get any results, leave out one or more terms, or make sure that all search terms were spelled correctly.
  • The source text (what one sees in the edit box) is searched. This distinction is relevant for piped links, for interlanguage links, special characters (if ê is coded as ê it is found searching for ecirc), etc.
  • For reasons of efficiency and priority, very recent changes are not always immediately taken into account during searches.

Single quotes

If a word appears in an article with single quotes, you can only find it if you search for the word with quotes. Since this is rarely desirable, it is better to use double quotes in articles for which this problem does not arise.

An apostrophe is identical to a single quote, meaning that the name Mu'ammar can be found only by searching for exactly that (and not otherwise). A word with 's is an exception in that it can be found also by searching for the word without the apostrophe and the s.

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