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What people are saying about Ballotpedia

  • Governing magazine says Ballotpedia is "a must-read for those who follow politics at every level."[1]
  • This is Common Sense writes: "Ballotpedia is the nation’s best tracker of ballot measures."[2]
  • The National Taxpayers Union says, "If you’ve ever wanted a 'one-stop shop' for information on state and local ballot measures, past and present, I’d recommend you head over to It's a website to bookmark!"[3]
  • Mark Tapscott, editorial page editor of the Washington Examiner says, "This is an important web site and I expect it to become an essential resource for everybody interested in public policy and politics."[4]
  • Go Green Solar says, "There are plenty of resources out there – most notably – that can give you more details about each side of the debate.[6]
  • The Daily Kos writes: "For objective information about Ted Cruz's voting record and career or the career of any elected official; local, state or federal, visit"[7]


News outlets are citing Ballotpedia

  • The Wall Street Journal, in an article titled Ten Election Day Ballot Measures, wrote: "Special thanks to analysis by the National Taxpayers Union and Ballotpedia."[9]
  • The Washington Post published a piece featuring Ballotpedia's July 2012 study looking at the trend of state legislative incumbents losing in primary elections.[10]
  • Politico editor Charles Mathiesan cited Ballotpedia's incumbency study.[11]
  • In an editorial, the Cincinatti Enquirer recommended that its readers consult Ballotpedia for "up-to-date information on Ohio ballot issues, plus historical data on state initiatives and amendments."[15]
  • KESQ-TV in Palm Springs, California, says, "If you're still having trouble understanding what's at a stake during the California elections Tuesday, than look no further than Ballotpedia."[16]
  • The Denver Daily News says, "With the near record-breaking number of initiatives scheduled for November’s ballot, learning enough about the measures to make an informed vote can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, the web site provides comprehensive information on all 19 measures that are likely to be on the ballot."[17]
  • The Christian Science Monitor writes, "Texas, according to, has the longest constitution and every other year there are about 16 more amendments to vote on."[19]
  • Modern Times Magazine writes, "State lawmakers can be sorted out at Ballotpedia."[20]
  • Watchdog Wire writes, "Ballotpedia has put together an excellent list of the 2014 legislative sessions in all 50 states,"[21] and "Websites such as Ballotpedia serve as great resources because they link directly to the committees and their members, dates of legislative sessions, and much more."[22]
  • Citizens Journal writes, "Read the Ballotpedia materials on the initiative, do your own research and decide."[23]
  • Independent Political Report writes, "Please click here to view state-by-state filing deadlines and primary dates via Ballotpedia."[24]


Bloggers are using Ballotpedia

  • Lifehacker says Ballotpedia offers "gateways to all kinds of useful information, including arguments for and against each ballot proposition. If you haven't brushed up on the other important votes you can cast on your ballot this year, Ballotpedia is a great resource to get up to speed."[25]
  • ForceChange says "In this day and age of misleading advocacy commercials, Ballotpedia is a great place to get a quick and thorough rundown of both sides of a proposed measure."[26]
  • Daily Axioms says " is arguably one of the more helpful wikis out there for being informed on what will be on the ballot this election. You can search out your individual state and figure out what issues are going to be voted on. Therefore, you can educate yourself on the issues before you enter the ballot box and wonder what proposition 123 is...This is a great example of the power of wikis to inform and educate."[27]
  • Luna Tail says, "I just had to devote a whole post to this site...I love wikis… such as Wikipedia, I love how the community can support them. Sure, sometimes a bad seed gets in, but for the most part good solid people with good solid information take care of it. And BallotPedia is no different. If you are wondering what is going to be on your ballot, what the issues in your state are, and if you also want to help contribute to the wiki, you really probably want to check this site out!"[28]
  • The Dude says, "While doing a little research on some of the constitutional amendments and referenda on this year's ballot, I stumbled across Ballotpedia. Pretty cool site with a summary of each of the state-level items on the ballot this year. If you haven't voted yet and need some info on a particular matter, this is a good place to get it."[29]
  • Random Dreams says, "We received our ballots for the November election. I didn't know anything about the issues. Then I found and the internet is just a little more awesome."[30]
  • Coos County Watchdog says, "Ballotpedia is a good resource for ballot information."[31]
  • News With Views says, "You can find out about all candidates for the primaries at Ballotpedia."[32]
  • Depot Dazed says, "Have I mentioned that I love Ballotpedia?"[33]


Ballotpedia staff are being interviewed

  • Brittany Clingen also appeared on Fox News, speaking about ballot measures on the Special Report with Bret Baier.[35]
  • The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal interviewed Brittany Clingen about recall.[36]


What researchers are saying

  • FindLaw writes: "Ballotpedia provides commendable and complete coverage."[37]
  • Governing says, "Come November, gubernatorial, legislative and local races won't be the only items on the ballot. Initiatives and referenda will top ballots in more than a dozen states, and a new Web site, Ballotpedia, aims to help voters navigate these measures."[38]
  • Infominder/Resource Shelf where "where dedicated librarians and researchers share the results of their directed (and occasionally quirky) web searches for resources and information", says, " in Florida, there always seem to be a wealth of “citizen initiatives,” etc., on the ballots at election time. The ballot language is often dense and impenetrable, and it can be difficult to figure out what you are voting for — or against. Ballotpedia attempts to keep track of these things and provide some context. It explains how the measure got onto the ballot in the first place, and tells you which groups/organizations are for it and against it — something that can be particularly helpful in the case of those ballot initiatives sponsored by special interest groups, but disguised by language to seem like something other than what they are.[39]
  • Oregon Legal Research, put together by a public law librarian, says, "...did you know about Ballotpedia? Use their search box and type in, uh, Oregon! They also have this beauty, Oregon ballot measures, and it includes 2008!"[40]
  • The National Initiative for Democracy says "Ballotpedia aims to be an abundant and growing source of information on citizen initiatives, ballot access, petition drives, initiative and referendum for political change, recall elections, school district bond issues and associated subjects."[41]
  • The Association of College & Research Libraries recommends Ballotpedia as a resource.[42]


See also


  1. Governing, "Races (Besides the White House) You Should Watch," October 16, 2012
  2. This is Common Sense, "A Fighting (Peaceful) Chance," November 5, 2013
  3. National Taxpayers Union, "One-stop shopping for ballot measures," May 8, 2008
  4. Washington Examiner, "Ballotpedia is citizen-powered democracy," February 2, 2008
  5. Initiative & Referendum Institute, "Ballotwatch," Accessed December 5, 2013
  6. Go Green Solar, "Oh the Confusion! Understanding CA Ballot Initiatives," September 1, 2008
  7. Daily Kos, "Stop the CRUZade", November 28, 2013
  8. Citizens in Charge, "Ballotpedia: Tomorrow’s Top 5 Ballot Measures", November 4, 2013
  9. Wall Street Journal, "Ten Election Day Ballot Measures," November 5, 2013
  10. Washington Post, "The Fix: The death of the Kansas moderate?" August 8, 2012
  11. Politico, "A rough night for incumbents," August 8, 2012
  12. Five Thirty Eight, "A West Virginia forecast: High uncertainty," October 4, 2011
  13. Tulsa World, "Misery Loves Company," May 15, 2011 (dead link)
  14. News Sun, "First Steps of AP Recall Process Complete," May 18, 2011
  15. Cincinatti Enquirer, "Voters must take the initiative," August 9, 2008
  16. KESQ-TV, "Election Coverage," Accessed December 5, 2013
  17. Denver Daily News, "Denver's got issues", August 6, 2008
  18. Napa Valley Register Voter Guide, "Election 2008," Accessed December 5, 2013
  19. Christian Science Monitor, "Narrow tax hikes win support on election day 2013," November 11, 2013
  20. Modern Times Magazine, "Arizona Legislative Preview," January 2, 2014
  21. Watchdog Wire, "Gearing up for 2014 state legislative sessions," January 10, 2014
  22. Watchdog Wire, "Bill trackers learn to follow your state legislation," February 28, 2014
  23. Citizens Journal, "California Gun Rights Initiative," March 5, 2014
  24. Independent Political Report, "Free & Equal Wants You to Run for Congress," March 26, 2014
  25. Lifehacker, "Ballotpedia Helps You Understand Local Propositions and Initiatives," October 30, 2008
  26. ForceChange, "With heated local ballot campaigns, is a great resource," October 24, 2008
  27. Daily Axioms, "Ballotpedia: What is on your ballot?," October 20, 2008
  28. Luna Tail, "Ballotpedia," October 17, 2008
  29. Mountain Buzz, "Ballotpedia - handy ballot summary site," October 23, 2008
  30. Random Dreams, "Ballotpedia," October 27, 2013
  31. Coos County Watchdog, "Ballotpedia is a Good Resource for Ballot Information," December 26, 2013
  32. News With Views, February 10, 2014
  33. Depot Dazed, "Ballotpedia Voter Resource," April 2014
  34., "A Grinch’s guide to Texas ballot measures," November 1, 2013
  35. Special Report with Bret Baier, November 6, 2013
  36. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, "Recall efforts not unique to Lubbock, an increasing trend in politics," November 22, 2013
  37. FindLaw, "Our Dear Sunnyvale Becomes the Next Big Gun Control Battleground," November 7, 2013
  38. Governing, "Idea Center," August 28, 2008
  39. Infominder/Resource Shelf, "Resources of the week: Another handful of niche sites," January 3, 2010
  40. Oregon Legal Research Blog, "How to Find Oregon Statewide Ballot Measures," August 14, 2008
  41. National Initiative for Democracy, "Links, Reference Information," accessed December 5, 2013
  42. Association of College & Research Libraries, accessed December 5, 2013