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Ballotpedia is a free, collaborative, online encyclopedia about state politics, particularly including [[Portal:Elections|elections]], [[Portal:Congress|Congress]], [[Portal:State legislatures|state legislatures]], [[Portal:Ballot measures|ballot measures]] (including [[Portal:Ballot measure law|ballot measure law]], [[Portal:School bond and tax elections|school bond and tax elections]], [[Portal:Recall|recall elections]] and [[Portal:Local ballot measures|local ballot measures]]), [[Ballotpedia:Governors|governors]], [[Portal:Secretaries of State|state Secretaries of State]] and [[Portal:State Attorneys General|state Attorneys General]].
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Ballotpedia is a free, collaborative, online encyclopedia about state politics, including [[Portal:Elections|elections]], [[Portal:Congress|congress]], [[Portal:State legislatures|state legislatures]], [[Portal:Ballot measures|ballot measures]] (including [[Portal:Ballot measure law|ballot measure law]], [[Portal:School bond and tax elections|school bond and tax elections]], [[Portal:Recall|recall elections]] and [[Portal:Local ballot measures|local ballot measures]]), [[Ballotpedia:Governors|governors]], [[Portal:Secretaries of State|secretaries of state]] and [[Portal:State Attorneys General|state attorneys general]]. ''You can find a full list of projects [[Ballotpedia:Project Directory|here.]]''
  
 
Ballotpedia's staff and volunteers particularly focus on the so-called "down-ballot" candidates and ballot measures that typically receive less attention.
 
Ballotpedia's staff and volunteers particularly focus on the so-called "down-ballot" candidates and ballot measures that typically receive less attention.

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Our mission

Ballotpedia cultivates thriving citizenship through the free and open sharing of information.

What we do

Ballotpedia is a free, collaborative, online encyclopedia about state politics, including elections, congress, state legislatures, ballot measures (including ballot measure law, school bond and tax elections, recall elections and local ballot measures), governors, secretaries of state and state attorneys general. You can find a full list of projects here.

Ballotpedia's staff and volunteers particularly focus on the so-called "down-ballot" candidates and ballot measures that typically receive less attention.

Ballotpedia is a wiki, which means anyone can improve it. By adding your knowledge and fixing mistakes, the quality and depth of Ballotpedia's information improves over time.

Why we do it

We believe in the power of information to transform lives and politics, and we're committed to making the most knowledge available to the greatest number of people. In addition to Ballotpedia, the Lucy Burns Institute hosts WikiFOIA to promote transparency and Judgepedia to collect information on our judiciary. The more informed we are as voters, the better our government becomes.

Ballotpedia isn't a part of any political party and we don't support candidates. We're simply a community of users dedicated to fairness and openness in politics, on both sides of the aisle. Our users welcome responsible, knowledge-building contributions from anyone who wants to participate.

How it works

Ballotpedia was originally formed by the Citizens in Charge Foundation on May 30, 2007. In March of 2008, the Sam Adams Alliance became Ballotpedia's sponsor, continuing their mission of using online media to promote access to government.

Sponsorship

On July 1, 2009, the Lucy Burns Institute (LBI) became Ballotpedia's official sponsor. LBI is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that helps keep things running with a small editorial staff and enough server power to meet the demands of our traffic. Ballotpedia has 551,475 articles and 10,632 registered users.

Ballotpedia relies on the financial generosity of our donors to continue our mission of providing free and open political information. Learn more about how you can Support Ballotpedia. Thank you for your support!

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