Writing:How not to write articles about ballot measures

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This is a list of editing and writing techniques to avoid in writing about ballot measures.

(See also: Ballotpedia:How to write articles about ballot measures.)

Avoid long, technical, nuanced descriptions of what the measure does at top of article

Don't start out with a long, technical, nuanced or bullet-pointed list of what the measure does. Instead, say what it does in lay terms in one or two clear sentences near the top of the article and in a subsection later on, include the nuance and technical details.

Avoid long lists of supporters and opponents

It is generally not advisable to include a long list of the initiative's supporters or opponents. These lists can include 50 or more groups or individuals--sometimes into the hundreds. It is boring and distracting to the reader to include these lists in the main Ballotpedia article about a ballot measure. Instead of inserting the names of all the supporters and opponents in the main Ballotpedia article, either:

  • Give a number for the endorsing or opposing groups, a link to a list, and mention no more than 5-10 of the most notable groups. For example, "45 organizations have endorsed Measure 999 (link); most notably, Groups A, B and C."
  • Create a separate page/article on Ballotpedia about the ballot measure's supporters and link to that article from the main article.

Avoid being a POV troll