Ballotpedia:WikiProject Local Ballot Measures guidelines/Title
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This writing guide explains how to craft a "Title" for a local ballot measure article.
The title to a local ballot measure article should include the following elements:
- The name of the jurisdiction in which the measure will be voted on
- Usually a county, city, school district or special district
- 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 month and year in which the measure was scheduled to be voted on in parentheses
The title of an article is created when the article is created. The title can be changed by using the "Move" option under the "Actions" drop down at the top of any ballotpedia page.
There are multiple methods for creating an article. One option is to create a wiki-link to the intended, non-existent article and then click on the link. Another method is to type in the url the article would have if it did exist. Alternatively, this page features a "Start a page" option.
The basic format of the title should be:
NAME OF CITY/COUNTY/DISTRICT DESCRIPTIVE TITLE, OFFICIAL TITLE (MONTH YEAR)
Often a local ballot measure article is created before an official title has been issued for it. Thus, when the official title is issued, the title of the article must be changed. This is done in two steps:
1.) The title is changed to include the official title by using the "Move" option under the "Actions" drop down menu at the top of the page.
2.) The "replace text" tool is then used to change any wiki-links to the page, in order to avoid redirects.
Below are the titles of several local ballot measure articles to serve as examples:
- Fieldbrook Glendale Community Services District parcel tax, Measure K (November 2013)
- City of Los Angeles New City Election Dates and Schedules Charter Amendment, Measure 1 (March 2015)
- Marin County Stinson Beach Flood Control Zone (No. 5) Special Parcel Tax, Measure A (March 2015)
- Washington D.C. Marijuana Legalization, Initiative 71 (November 2014)