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'''''Ballotpedia''''' is an online database for information about citizen initiatives, petition drives, ballot measures, the supporters and opponents of initiatives, ballot access issues for both candidates and ballot measures and, in general, all things ballot.
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Ballotpedia is sponsored by the [[Citizens in Charge Foundation]].
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===Our mission===
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Ballotpedia cultivates thriving citizenship through the free and open sharing of information.
  
Or as someone described it, '''''"It's like Wikipedia, except it's for ballot stuff".'''''
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===What we do===
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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.]]''
  
Speaking of [http://www.wikipedia.com| Wikipedia], Ballotpedia expects to have a lot in common with them and to abide by the same governing principles.
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Ballotpedia's staff and volunteers particularly focus on the so-called "down-ballot" candidates and ballot measures that typically receive less attention.
  
'''[[Getting Started on Ballotpedia|Everything you need to know to get started on Ballotpedia]].'''
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Ballotpedia is a wiki, which means anyone can improve it. By [[Help:How to edit a page|adding your knowledge]] and fixing mistakes, the quality and depth of Ballotpedia's information improves over time.
  
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===Why we do it===
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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. 
  
==The Five Pillars==
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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.
  
Those governing principles are known as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Five_pillars The Five Pillars]. One of the most important is [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Neutral_point_of_view Neutral Point of View] or NPOV.  This means that in articles on Ballotpedia:
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===How it works===
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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.
  
:* Views should be represented without bias
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===Sponsorship===
:* "Assert facts, including facts about opinions, but do not assert the opinions themselves," as it says on Wikipedia.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Neutral_point_of_view]
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:* Do not give undue weight to one viewpoint
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:* Exercise fairness of tone
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:* Good research matters, as do [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Verifiability verifiability and reliability of sources]
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:* Beyond that, see [[Ballotpedia:Article Guidelines|Creating useful articles on Ballotpedia]]
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==Anyone may edit Ballotpedia==
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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 '''{{NUMBEROFPAGES}}''' articles and '''{{NUMBEROFUSERS}}''' registered users.
  
It does not belong to one group or another but rather aims to be a common resource, and as such anyone may contribute as much or as little as they wish.
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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!
  
To cope with bot-vandalism and spamming, in January 2008 Ballotpedia changed its settings so that before someone can edit a page, they must register with the site by setting up a user account. 
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===Getting started===
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Interested in improving Ballotpedia? Click through the '''[[Ballotpedia:A Quick Overview|Ballotpedia Tutorial]]''' to learn how!
  
(Users who engage in wiki-vandalism will be blocked, for the protection of the site's integrity.)
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===Essential pages===
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* [[Ballotpedia:A Quick Overview|The Ballotpedia Tutorial]]
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* [[Ballotpedia:Ways you can help|How you can help]]
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* [[Ballotpedia:Inquiries|Contact us]]
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* [[Ballotpedia:Projects|Our projects]]
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* [[Help:Quick guide to editing|Quick guide to editing]]
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* [[Ballotpedia:Glossary|Glossary of terms]]
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* [[Ballotpedia:Overview and contact information|Press and media materials]]
  
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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 479,508 articles and 8,448 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!

Getting started

Interested in improving Ballotpedia? Click through the Ballotpedia Tutorial to learn how!

Essential pages