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Here at Ballotpedia, we're a community of users who are constantly working to improve the site and build new content in several different project areas. There are teams working on [[Portal:Ballot measures|statewide ballot measures]], [[Portal:Local ballot measures|local ballot measures]], [[Portal:State legislatures|state legislatures]], [[Portal:Redistricting|redistricting]], [[Portal:State Executive Officials|state executives]], and [[Portal:Recall|recalls]]. We'll rotate the topic each month to highlight the work of these different projects.  
 
Here at Ballotpedia, we're a community of users who are constantly working to improve the site and build new content in several different project areas. There are teams working on [[Portal:Ballot measures|statewide ballot measures]], [[Portal:Local ballot measures|local ballot measures]], [[Portal:State legislatures|state legislatures]], [[Portal:Redistricting|redistricting]], [[Portal:State Executive Officials|state executives]], and [[Portal:Recall|recalls]]. We'll rotate the topic each month to highlight the work of these different projects.  
  
In addition to giving you an idea of the kind of projects we're working on, we want you to have a jumping off point if you'd like to try out some editing but aren't sure where to start. Be sure to check out our [[Help:Quick guide to editing|quick guide to editing]] and our [[Ballotpedia:Webinars|training webinars]] for help, or feel free to [mailto:Lauren.Rodgers@ballotpedia.org email us]. We'd love your feedback on the page and projects. If you have any suggestions for future topics, questions, or thoughts about Ballotpedia in general, you can either leave us a message on the [[Ballotpedia talk:Collaboration of the Month|collaboration talk page]] or send us an [mailto:Lauren.Rodgers@ballotpedia.org email].
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In addition to giving you an idea of the kind of projects we're working on, we want you to have a jumping off point if you'd like to try out some editing but aren't sure where to start. Be sure to check out our [[Help:Quick guide to editing|quick guide to editing]] and our [[Ballotpedia:Webinars|training webinars]] for help, or feel free to [mailto:jaime.beran@ballotpedia.org e-mail us]. We'd love your feedback on the page and projects. If you have any suggestions for future topics, questions, or thoughts about Ballotpedia in general, you can either leave us a message on the [[Ballotpedia talk:Collaboration of the Month|collaboration talk page]] or send us an [mailto:jaime.beran@ballotpedia.org e-mail].
  
 
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===October===
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[[File:Vote button trans.png|left|125px]] It's October.
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:It's fall. <br>
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::The leaves are changing colors. <br>
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:::Halloween decorations are going up.<br>
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::::It's pumpkin flavor season for everything. <br>
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:::::''... It also means that'' '''''elections''''' ''are happening next month!''<br>
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In preparation for voting in November elections, Ballotpedia's [[Voter guides|voter guides]] are all you'll need! Do you know your state's [[Absentee voting|absentee voting]] and [[Early voting|early voting]] policies? Does your state allow [[Online voter registration in the 50 states|online voter registration]]? What are your state's [[State by State Voter ID Laws|voter ID laws]]? Find out on [[Portal:Elections|Ballotpedia!]]<br>
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''Are you ready to vote in November?''<br>
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[[File:Help.png|40px|link=Portal:State Legislatures]] Please contact [mailto:Jaime.Beran@ballotpedia.org Jaime Beran] if you have any questions specific to this month's project.
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===September===
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The Ballotpedia project teams are always looking for opportunities to work with one another, and September's collaboration provides the perfect opportunity!
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We are in the process of updating our [[Ballotpedia:Index of Terms|index]] of the pages that writers in ''other'' projects are most likely to link to as they are working on their own projects. As you're navigating around the wiki, take note of some of the terms that you see on multiple pages. Check the [[Ballotpedia:Index of Terms|index of terms]] to see if they're included on our list; if they are not, add them yourself or send us an [mailto:Jaime.Beran@ballotpedia.org  e-mail]!
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[[File:Help.png|40px|link=Portal:State Legislatures]] Please contact [mailto:Jaime.Beran@ballotpedia.org Jaime Beran] if you have any questions specific to this month's project.
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===August===
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<center>''Do you have an interesting tidbit about your state legislator or member of Congress?''</center>
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<center>''Is there something happening in your local area that you haven't seen covered on Ballotpedia?''</center><br>
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The [[Ballotpedia:WikiProject State Legislatures|state legislatures]] and [[Ballotpedia:WikiProject Congress|Congress]] teams need your help! Both of these projects like to incorporate '''unique news''' into their coverage: adding small, relevant stories of interest to pages of legislators, committees, members of Congress or elections.
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[[File:Pencil.png|50px]]To send us unique news tidbits or if you have any questions specific to this month's project, please contact [mailto:Editor@ballotpedia.org Jaime Beran].
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===July===
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Here at Ballotpedia, we're working to build new profiles for all the candidates running for office, and elected officials.  <br>'''''And you can help!'''''
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====Biographical information====
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If you're an elected official, former elected official or a candidate for election, we'd like to encourage you to submit [[Ballotpedia:Biographical information submission form|biographical information]] that can be incorporated into your profile page on Ballotpedia. Has your local newspaper profiled the new legislators in your area? Send the link(s) to [mailto:editor@ballotpedia.org editor@ballotpedia.org] and we'll incorporate them into our coverage! Or maybe you worked as part of a campaign and you know the elected official personally. If that's the case, you can have them submit their bio directly to us using our online biographical information form. To submit your information, please [https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dFByNGhabjZ6TFo5ZlowYWxxaHRmdEE6MQ#gid=0 fill out this questionnaire].
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====Candidate verification====
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We also encourage candidates and officials to verify your resume with our background-screening partner, Candidate Verification. The cost is free to all candidates, and we will provide links to your verified background report for our readers. To verify your resume, please [http://www.candidateverification.org/ click here].
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Do you have a photo that could be appropriate for a candidate or elected official's page? We always welcome pictures of candidates and elected officials. If you have one, please [mailto:photo.editor@ballotpedia.org e-mail] it to us and we'll upload it for you. Please only submit original photos you've taken and give us your full name so we can include it in the copyright information. <br><br>
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''Remember'': No matter how you contribute, you'll be helping to build our encyclopedia of state politics for generations to come!<br><br>
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[[Image:Help.png|30px|link=Ballotpedia:Help]]If you have any questions about this month's project, please contact [mailto:jaime.beran@ballotpedia.org Jaime Beran].
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===June===
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[[File:June 2013 Monthly Collaboration Project Photo.jpg|left|350px]]
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Do you have a fantastic photo of the Grand Canyon, White House, Mount Rushmore or other noteworthy landmark? Are you touring national parks or love snapping photos of ''“Welcome to _______”'' state signs? Kick off this year’s road trip season right and send us your brag-worthy landmark photos in June!
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Here at Ballotpedia, we work hard to not only update our many pages for our amazing readers but to also personalize our individual [[Main Page|state pages]]. ''What better way to personalize these pages than with your very own original photos!'' So whether you are driving across the Golden Gate Bridge or making a pit-stop at the Alamo, (1) snap a photo of a landmark, (2) send the photo to us, and (3) we’ll upload and add it to that state’s page on Ballotpedia. ''It’s as easy as 1-2-3!''
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You can e-mail your photos to [mailto:jaime.beran@ballotpedia.org Jaime Beran]. Please only submit original photos you've taken and give us your full name so we can include it in the copyright information.
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[[File:Camera icon.png|50px|link=Ballotpedia:Collaboration of the Month#June]]If you have any questions about this month's project, please contact [mailto:jaime.beran@ballotpedia.org Jaime Beran].
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===May===
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We always want to make it as easy as possible to join the Ballotpedia community as an editor, but this month we're ''really'' making it a priority. We understand that people come to us with a wide variety of skills and interests, and we want to make sure our [[Ballotpedia:Help|Help Center]] offers something to everyone. Take a few minutes, browse through the page, and let us know what makes sense, what doesn't make sense, what you want more information about, and ask any questions you may have. You can [mailto:jaime.beran@ballotpedia.org e-mail us], [https://www.twitter.com/Ballotpedia Tweet at us], or post your suggestions on our [http://www.facebook.com/Ballotpedia post on our Facebook page]. A few question you can keep in mind as you evaluate our help pages:
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*How easily can you find information about how to add a reference link on a page?
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*Are these pages easy to navigate?
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*Do you know where to get more information or who to ask if you have questions?
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*What is missing from these pages?
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[[Image:Help.png|30px|link=Ballotpedia:Help]] We'd love to hear from you so we can make these pages better! Send an e-mail to [mailto:jaime.beran@ballotpedia.org Jaime Beran] with your comments and a link to the page to which your comments refer. We'll respond to thank you and let you know when the changes have been implemented.
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===April===
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This month, we're focusing on you! We want to make your Ballotpedia experience better, but we can't do it without you. Whether you're a regular reader or trying your hand at editing for the first time, you can help us this month by '''catching an error!'''
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We work hard every day to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date information about the issues and candidates on your ballot, but sometimes we get it wrong. This month, we're asking for your [[Help:Fix or report an error|help in identifying those errors]].
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*Did we omit a word somewhere?
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*Is someone's name misspelled?
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*Do we have the wrong party affiliation for your state Senator?
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*Does one of our pages says something will happen on a particular date, and that date is in the past?
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Let us know! Send an e-mail to [mailto:errors@ballotpedia.org errors@ballotpedia.org] with a link to the page and a brief description of the error. We'll respond to thank you and let you know when the change has been made. If you're comfortable, you can make the change yourself - check out our [[Ballotpedia:Help|Help page]] to get started.
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There will be a few other opportunities to engage with the staff throughout the month, like live chatting with one of our writers to get help answering your questions. But the one we're most excited about is having our readers judge our semi-annual editing contest. You get to decide which page is the best! Our goal is to find better ways to gather and display information. Sound like fun? Check back between April 8th and April 18th, and follow us on Twitter [https://www.twitter.com/Ballotpedia @Ballotpedia] or [https://www.facebook.com/Ballotpedia like us on Facebook] to stay up to date with everything we're doing.
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===March===
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::''See also: [[Ballotpedia:Volunteers (local ballot measures)|Ballotpedia's page for local ballot measure volunteers]]''
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It's hard for voters to find good information about local ballot measures. You can help bridge that information gap for our readers who are thirsty for information about what's happening in their city or town.
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Since 2009, Ballotpedia has covered all local ballot measures in 11 states. This year, we are hoping to expand our coverage and are recruiting volunteers to cover [[Portal:Local ballot measures|local ballot measure elections]] in each of the 50 states. If you live in one of the 11 states we already cover, we need your help to provide even more detailed coverage. If you live in one of the 39 states we don't cover yet, we need you to help us develop this type of information.
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If you're interested in participating, you can check out our [[Ballotpedia:Volunteers (local ballot measures)|page dedicated this to project]] for more details, or contact [mailto:joshaltic@ballotpedia.org Josh Altic] if you have any questions!
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===February===
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::''See also: [[Ballotpedia:Volunteers (recall)|Ballotpedia's page for recall volunteers]]''
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We cover a lot on Ballotpedia, from [[Portal:Ballot measures|statewide ballot measures]], [[Portal:State executive officials|state executives]] and [[Portal:State legislatures|state legislatures]] to [[Redistricting|redistricting]], [[Portal:Ballot measure law|ballot measure law]] and [[Portal:Congress|Congress]].
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But did you know that we also cover [[Portal:Recall|'''recall''']]? At Ballotpedia we have [[Laws governing recall|articles on the 38 states]] that have provisions for the recall of elected officials. But as with all of our projects, we are always looking for ways to improve and expand our pages. Laws about the intricacies of the recall process are not always very clear or readily available, so you'd be helping to locate and research these laws and create a publicly accessible database. You'll play a key role in creating an encyclopedic overview of how voters engage with federal, state and local recall questions throughout history, adding tremendous archival value for historians, scholars and journalists.
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If you're interested in volunteering and helping expand our coverage of recalls:
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*Read through the [[Ballotpedia:Volunteers (recall)#Why is this important|volunteer page]] to get an overview of what to expect if you are interested in volunteering in this area.
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*Send an email to [mailto:baileyludlam@ballotpedia.org baileyludlam@ballotpedia.org] to let her know of your interest and ask whatever questions you may have.
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*Post a link to this page on your [http://www.facebook.com/ Facebook] or [http://www.twitter.com Twitter] account and ask your friends/followers to consider getting involved in this project.
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[[File:Clipboard48.png|link=Portal:Local ballot measures]] You can also check out our [[Ballotpedia:Volunteers (recall)|page dedicated this to project]] for more details, or contact [mailto:baileyludlam@ballotpedia.org Bailey Ludlam] if you have any questions!
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===January===
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With last year's elections and the winter holidays in the rearview mirror, elected officials around the country are preparing for the new year. Some are packing up their offices while others are preparing to officially begin their new duties. Here at Ballotpedia, we're working to build new profiles for all the legislators and executives who were elected for the first time. And you can help!
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Has your local newspaper profiled the new legislators in your area? Send the link(s) to [mailto:editor@ballotpedia.org editor@ballotpedia.org] and we'll incorporate them into our coverage! Or maybe you worked as part of a campaign and you know the elected official personally. If that's the case, you can have them submit their bio directly to us using our [[Ballotpedia:Biographical information submission form|online biographical information form]]. And we always welcome pictures of elected officials. If you have one, please [mailto:photo.editor@ballotpedia.org e-mail it to us] and we'll upload it for you. No matter how you contribute, you'll be helping to build our encyclopedia of state politics for generations to come.
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[[Image:Help.png|30px|link=Voter guides]] If you have any questions about this month's project or need any help editing, please contact [mailto:baileyludlam@ballotpedia.org Bailey Ludlam].
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===November & December===
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Election day is behind us! We've been working hard bringing you updates on everything that happened earlier this month; it's time to take a little break. This month's project is a throwback to August's collaboration of the month: pictures!
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Are you traveling over the holidays? Do your travels take you through any state capitals? If so, stop and snap a picture of the governor's mansion and send it to us, and we'll upload and add it to our page on the [[Residences of the American governors|residences of the American governors]]!
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You can e-mail your photos to [mailto:geoff.pallay@ballotpedia.org Geoff Pallay]. Please only submit original photos you've taken and give us your full name so we can include it in the copyright information.
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[[File:Camera icon.png|50px|link=Ballotpedia:Collaboration of the Month#November]] If you have any questions about this month's project, please contact [mailto:lauren.rodgers@ballotpedia.org Lauren Rodgers].
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===October===
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The November 6th elections are just around the corner. Thousands of candidates and hundreds of ballot measures are up for election this fall. What will you be doing the night of November 6 after you cast your vote? '''Volunteer to help alongside Ballotpedia staff writers as we update election results!''' You'll learn how to edit the wiki, interact with our project directors and staff writers, get a "behind the scenes" look at the structure of Ballotpedia and provide an invaluable service to the rest of our readers.
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Volunteers will be required to attend two webinars during the month of October. To attend these webinars, you'll need either: 1) a computer with a built-in microphone or 2) a computer and a phone. On election night, you'll need access to either Skype or Google chat.
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Interested? [https://docs.google.com/a/ballotpedia.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGFSTDNYOTJaYVc3MmRnYkRVdW1rM2c6MQ#gid=0 Fill out this form] and we'll be in touch with some more details. Make sure to include your e-mail address so we can contact you with updates! If you have trouble accessing the form, or if you have any questions, please e-mail [mailto:baileyludlam@ballotpedia.org Bailey Ludlam] and include:
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<i>Note: At least 3 volunteers are required to launch the program. If we don't reach the minimum, don't worry - we'll probably have a few post-election projects.</i>
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Back to school! As teachers across the country are calling roll in their classrooms, here at Ballotpedia we're compiling a roll call list of our own - candidates! All 50 states will be holding elections on November 6, 2012. Prior to the election, states are required to release the '''official lists of candidates''' who will appear on the general election ballot. We've built a [[Official lists of candidates in statewide elections, 2012|page to aggregate the official lists]] as they are released, and this month we're asking for help from our readers to make it happen.
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Some states place sample ballots online broken down by district. Others publish full candidate lists in a single document. Whichever the case may be, you can follow these easy steps to add official candidate lists to our page:
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#::*[http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/EIPdfViewer.aspx?ListType=ALL%2bCANDIDATES%2bAS%2bOF%2b1%252f6%252f2012+12%253a11%2bPM&ElectionID=32&ElectionType=GP&ElectionDate=3%2f20%2f2012&StatusSearchType=Matches&Status=AP&SearchType=CandFiling&OrderBy=ORDER+BY+OfficeBallotGroup%2c+OfficeSequence%2c+PartySequence%2c+FileDateTime%2c+vwCandidates.Sequence%2c+LotteryLastName%2c+LotteryFirstName&ReportType=MediaReport&ReportFileName=CanMedia.rpt Illinois State Board of Elections - List of all Primary candidates]
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[[Image:Help.png|30px|link=Ballotpedia:Help]] If you have any questions about this month's project or need any help editing, please contact [mailto:bdludlam@ballotpedia.org Bailey Ludlam].
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If you've found this page, you probably know that Ballotpedia is an online almanac of state politics. But what you may not know is part of our goal is to create an archive of photos relating to state politics. This includes photos of incumbents, candidates, campaign logos, campaign signs and campaign-related events.
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We have profiles pages for all incumbents and candidates, but some of them are lacking a picture. Do you have a picture of a candidate that we could use on the site? If so, e-mail it to [mailto:photo.editor@ballotpedia.org Photo.Editor@ballotpedia.org]. Please only submit original photos and include the copyright information in your e-mail.
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We are also soliciting photos of local campaign signs, either for ballot measures or statewide elections. If you see a campaign side on the side of the road, snap a picture with your camera or phone and send it our way! We'll upload it to the site and include it on the relevant pages and you'll be helping us build a pictorial history of state politics in the United States.
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If you attend a campaign rally, why not take a picture and submit it for inclusion on Ballotpedia? Here is an example of a reader-submitted photo, taken at a September 13, 2011 rally in Raleigh, North Carolina regarding the [[North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage, Amendment 1 (May 2012)]].
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[[File:Camera icon.png|50px|link=Ballotpedia:Collaboration of the Month#August]] If you have any questions about this month's project, please contact [mailto:lauren.rodgers@ballotpedia.org Lauren Rodgers].
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Can you believe 2012 is halfway over? July is a relatively quiet month in terms of elections, so we figured it would be the perfect time to highlight Ballotpedia's latest original news report: [[Executive Summary|The Executive Summary]]. It's a bi-monthly news report prepared by our team of [[Portal:State Executive Officials|state executive]] reporters. The reports provide comprehensive coverage of everything related to the state executive offices, from elections and appointments to controversies and current events. With each edition of the Executive Summary, you'll get the most important and relevant information about state executives across the country. You can read the reports on-line or sign-up to have them delivered to your inbox every other Thursday - just put your e-mail in the box to the right!
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* [[The Executive Summary: First edition]] <small>''Jun 14, 2012''</small>
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The Executive Summary is the latest in a series of feature pieces that Ballotpedia staff produce. You can read about which new ballot measures are coming up with [[Tuesday Count|The Tuesday Count]], make sense of all the various state legislative deadlines and special sessions with the [[State Legislative Tracker]] and keep up-to-date on ballot measure law with the [[Ballot Law Update]]. We also have archived, in-depth coverage of the 2010 census redistricting process in the [[Redistricting Roundup]] - a weekly series that was published between January 28, 2011 and March 30, 2012.
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'''5,999 seats''' of the country's 7,384 state legislative seats are up for election in the [[state legislative elections, 2012|November 6, 2012 state legislative elections]].   
 
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*Read through the [[Ballotpedia:Volunteers (local ballot measures)#Why is this important|FAQs on the volunteer page]] to get an overview of what to expect if you are interested in volunteering in this area.
 
*Read through the [[Ballotpedia:Volunteers (local ballot measures)#Why is this important|FAQs on the volunteer page]] to get an overview of what to expect if you are interested in volunteering in this area.
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*Post a link to this page on your [http://www.facebook.com/ Facebook] or [http://www.twitter.com Twitter] account and ask your friends/followers to consider getting involved in this project.
 
*Post a link to this page on your [http://www.facebook.com/ Facebook] or [http://www.twitter.com Twitter] account and ask your friends/followers to consider getting involved in this project.
  
[[File:Clipboard48.png|link=Portal:Local ballot measures]] You can also check out our [[Ballotpedia:Volunteers (local ballot measures)|page dedicated this to project]] for more details, or contact [mailto:johanna.herman@ballotpedia.org Johanna Herman] if you have any questions!
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Revision as of 10:52, 4 October 2013

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Welcome to the new Collaboration of the Month Project page! (If you're looking for one of our previous projects, check out the archived projects page.)

Here at Ballotpedia, we're a community of users who are constantly working to improve the site and build new content in several different project areas. There are teams working on statewide ballot measures, local ballot measures, state legislatures, redistricting, state executives, and recalls. We'll rotate the topic each month to highlight the work of these different projects.

In addition to giving you an idea of the kind of projects we're working on, we want you to have a jumping off point if you'd like to try out some editing but aren't sure where to start. Be sure to check out our quick guide to editing and our training webinars for help, or feel free to e-mail us. We'd love your feedback on the page and projects. If you have any suggestions for future topics, questions, or thoughts about Ballotpedia in general, you can either leave us a message on the collaboration talk page or send us an e-mail.


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October

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It's October.
It's fall.
The leaves are changing colors.
Halloween decorations are going up.
It's pumpkin flavor season for everything.
... It also means that elections are happening next month!


In preparation for voting in November elections, Ballotpedia's voter guides are all you'll need! Do you know your state's absentee voting and early voting policies? Does your state allow online voter registration? What are your state's voter ID laws? Find out on Ballotpedia!

Are you ready to vote in November?

Help.png Please contact Jaime Beran if you have any questions specific to this month's project.

September

The Ballotpedia project teams are always looking for opportunities to work with one another, and September's collaboration provides the perfect opportunity!

We are in the process of updating our index of the pages that writers in other projects are most likely to link to as they are working on their own projects. As you're navigating around the wiki, take note of some of the terms that you see on multiple pages. Check the index of terms to see if they're included on our list; if they are not, add them yourself or send us an e-mail!

Help.png Please contact Jaime Beran if you have any questions specific to this month's project.

August

Do you have an interesting tidbit about your state legislator or member of Congress?
Is there something happening in your local area that you haven't seen covered on Ballotpedia?

The state legislatures and Congress teams need your help! Both of these projects like to incorporate unique news into their coverage: adding small, relevant stories of interest to pages of legislators, committees, members of Congress or elections.

Pencil.pngTo send us unique news tidbits or if you have any questions specific to this month's project, please contact Jaime Beran.

July

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Here at Ballotpedia, we're working to build new profiles for all the candidates running for office, and elected officials.
And you can help!

Biographical information

If you're an elected official, former elected official or a candidate for election, we'd like to encourage you to submit biographical information that can be incorporated into your profile page on Ballotpedia. Has your local newspaper profiled the new legislators in your area? Send the link(s) to editor@ballotpedia.org and we'll incorporate them into our coverage! Or maybe you worked as part of a campaign and you know the elected official personally. If that's the case, you can have them submit their bio directly to us using our online biographical information form. To submit your information, please fill out this questionnaire.

Candidate verification

We also encourage candidates and officials to verify your resume with our background-screening partner, Candidate Verification. The cost is free to all candidates, and we will provide links to your verified background report for our readers. To verify your resume, please click here.

Photos

Do you have a photo that could be appropriate for a candidate or elected official's page? We always welcome pictures of candidates and elected officials. If you have one, please e-mail it to us and we'll upload it for you. Please only submit original photos you've taken and give us your full name so we can include it in the copyright information.

Remember: No matter how you contribute, you'll be helping to build our encyclopedia of state politics for generations to come!

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June

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Do you have a fantastic photo of the Grand Canyon, White House, Mount Rushmore or other noteworthy landmark? Are you touring national parks or love snapping photos of “Welcome to _______” state signs? Kick off this year’s road trip season right and send us your brag-worthy landmark photos in June!

Here at Ballotpedia, we work hard to not only update our many pages for our amazing readers but to also personalize our individual state pages. What better way to personalize these pages than with your very own original photos! So whether you are driving across the Golden Gate Bridge or making a pit-stop at the Alamo, (1) snap a photo of a landmark, (2) send the photo to us, and (3) we’ll upload and add it to that state’s page on Ballotpedia. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

You can e-mail your photos to Jaime Beran. Please only submit original photos you've taken and give us your full name so we can include it in the copyright information.

Camera icon.pngIf you have any questions about this month's project, please contact Jaime Beran.

May

We always want to make it as easy as possible to join the Ballotpedia community as an editor, but this month we're really making it a priority. We understand that people come to us with a wide variety of skills and interests, and we want to make sure our Help Center offers something to everyone. Take a few minutes, browse through the page, and let us know what makes sense, what doesn't make sense, what you want more information about, and ask any questions you may have. You can e-mail us, Tweet at us, or post your suggestions on our post on our Facebook page. A few question you can keep in mind as you evaluate our help pages:

  • Do you know how to create a user account?
  • How easily can you find information about how to add a reference link on a page?
  • Are these pages easy to navigate?
  • Do you know where to get more information or who to ask if you have questions?
  • What is missing from these pages?

Help.png We'd love to hear from you so we can make these pages better! Send an e-mail to Jaime Beran with your comments and a link to the page to which your comments refer. We'll respond to thank you and let you know when the changes have been implemented.

April

This month, we're focusing on you! We want to make your Ballotpedia experience better, but we can't do it without you. Whether you're a regular reader or trying your hand at editing for the first time, you can help us this month by catching an error!

We work hard every day to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date information about the issues and candidates on your ballot, but sometimes we get it wrong. This month, we're asking for your help in identifying those errors.

  • Did we omit a word somewhere?
  • Is someone's name misspelled?
  • Do we have the wrong party affiliation for your state Senator?
  • Does one of our pages says something will happen on a particular date, and that date is in the past?

Let us know! Send an e-mail to errors@ballotpedia.org with a link to the page and a brief description of the error. We'll respond to thank you and let you know when the change has been made. If you're comfortable, you can make the change yourself - check out our Help page to get started.

There will be a few other opportunities to engage with the staff throughout the month, like live chatting with one of our writers to get help answering your questions. But the one we're most excited about is having our readers judge our semi-annual editing contest. You get to decide which page is the best! Our goal is to find better ways to gather and display information. Sound like fun? Check back between April 8th and April 18th, and follow us on Twitter @Ballotpedia or like us on Facebook to stay up to date with everything we're doing.

March

See also: Ballotpedia's page for local ballot measure volunteers

It's hard for voters to find good information about local ballot measures. You can help bridge that information gap for our readers who are thirsty for information about what's happening in their city or town.

Since 2009, Ballotpedia has covered all local ballot measures in 11 states. This year, we are hoping to expand our coverage and are recruiting volunteers to cover local ballot measure elections in each of the 50 states. If you live in one of the 11 states we already cover, we need your help to provide even more detailed coverage. If you live in one of the 39 states we don't cover yet, we need you to help us develop this type of information.

If you're interested in participating, you can check out our page dedicated this to project for more details, or contact Josh Altic if you have any questions!

February

See also: Ballotpedia's page for recall volunteers

We cover a lot on Ballotpedia, from statewide ballot measures, state executives and state legislatures to redistricting, ballot measure law and Congress.

But did you know that we also cover recall? At Ballotpedia we have articles on the 38 states that have provisions for the recall of elected officials. But as with all of our projects, we are always looking for ways to improve and expand our pages. Laws about the intricacies of the recall process are not always very clear or readily available, so you'd be helping to locate and research these laws and create a publicly accessible database. You'll play a key role in creating an encyclopedic overview of how voters engage with federal, state and local recall questions throughout history, adding tremendous archival value for historians, scholars and journalists.

If you're interested in volunteering and helping expand our coverage of recalls:

  • Read through the volunteer page to get an overview of what to expect if you are interested in volunteering in this area.
  • Send an email to baileyludlam@ballotpedia.org to let her know of your interest and ask whatever questions you may have.
  • Post a link to this page on your Facebook or Twitter account and ask your friends/followers to consider getting involved in this project.

Clipboard48.png You can also check out our page dedicated this to project for more details, or contact Bailey Ludlam if you have any questions!

January

With last year's elections and the winter holidays in the rearview mirror, elected officials around the country are preparing for the new year. Some are packing up their offices while others are preparing to officially begin their new duties. Here at Ballotpedia, we're working to build new profiles for all the legislators and executives who were elected for the first time. And you can help!

Has your local newspaper profiled the new legislators in your area? Send the link(s) to editor@ballotpedia.org and we'll incorporate them into our coverage! Or maybe you worked as part of a campaign and you know the elected official personally. If that's the case, you can have them submit their bio directly to us using our online biographical information form. And we always welcome pictures of elected officials. If you have one, please e-mail it to us and we'll upload it for you. No matter how you contribute, you'll be helping to build our encyclopedia of state politics for generations to come.

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November & December

Election day is behind us! We've been working hard bringing you updates on everything that happened earlier this month; it's time to take a little break. This month's project is a throwback to August's collaboration of the month: pictures!

Are you traveling over the holidays? Do your travels take you through any state capitals? If so, stop and snap a picture of the governor's mansion and send it to us, and we'll upload and add it to our page on the residences of the American governors!

You can e-mail your photos to Geoff Pallay. Please only submit original photos you've taken and give us your full name so we can include it in the copyright information.

Camera icon.png If you have any questions about this month's project, please contact Lauren Rodgers.

October

The November 6th elections are just around the corner. Thousands of candidates and hundreds of ballot measures are up for election this fall. What will you be doing the night of November 6 after you cast your vote? Volunteer to help alongside Ballotpedia staff writers as we update election results! You'll learn how to edit the wiki, interact with our project directors and staff writers, get a "behind the scenes" look at the structure of Ballotpedia and provide an invaluable service to the rest of our readers.

Volunteers will be required to attend two webinars during the month of October. To attend these webinars, you'll need either: 1) a computer with a built-in microphone or 2) a computer and a phone. On election night, you'll need access to either Skype or Google chat.

Interested? Fill out this form and we'll be in touch with some more details. Make sure to include your e-mail address so we can contact you with updates! If you have trouble accessing the form, or if you have any questions, please e-mail Bailey Ludlam and include:

  • e-mail address
  • availability the night of November 6 (example: 10pm - 2am CT or 4pm - 7pm CT)
  • availability for webinars in October (example: Mondays and Wednesdays after 12pm CT)


Note: At least 3 volunteers are required to launch the program. If we don't reach the minimum, don't worry - we'll probably have a few post-election projects.

September

Back to school! As teachers across the country are calling roll in their classrooms, here at Ballotpedia we're compiling a roll call list of our own - candidates! All 50 states will be holding elections on November 6, 2012. Prior to the election, states are required to release the official lists of candidates who will appear on the general election ballot. We've built a page to aggregate the official lists as they are released, and this month we're asking for help from our readers to make it happen.

Some states place sample ballots online broken down by district. Others publish full candidate lists in a single document. Whichever the case may be, you can follow these easy steps to add official candidate lists to our page:

  1. Find the official candidate list for a particular state and copy the link.
  2. Open our page in your browser: Official lists of candidates in statewide elections, 2012
  3. Scroll down to the state for which you'd like to add a list and click [edit]. You should see code that looks like this:
    ==California==
    :: ''See also: [[California State Senate elections, 2012]]'' and ''[[California State Assembly elections, 2012]]''
  4. On the next line, type:
    *[LINK Text you want to display]
    Start the line with an asterisk (*) and then open a square bracket ([). Paste the full link in, add a space, and type the text you want to display on the page - usually something like North Carolina State Board of Elections - Official candidate list.
    For example, if you look at the Illinois section (to which a link has already been added), you'll see this code:
    *[http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/EIPdfViewer.aspx?ListType=ALL%2bCANDIDATES%2bAS%2bOF%2b1%252f6%252f2012+12%253a11%2bPM&ElectionID=32&ElectionType=GP&ElectionDate=3%2f20%2f2012&StatusSearchType=Matches&Status=AP&SearchType=CandFiling&OrderBy=ORDER+BY+OfficeBallotGroup%2c+OfficeSequence%2c+PartySequence%2c+FileDateTime%2c+vwCandidates.Sequence%2c+LotteryLastName%2c+LotteryFirstName&ReportType=MediaReport&ReportFileName=CanMedia.rpt Illinois State Board of Elections - List of all Primary candidates]
    When you save the page, the code displays like this:

Help.png If you have any questions about this month's project or need any help editing, please contact Bailey Ludlam.

August

If you've found this page, you probably know that Ballotpedia is an online almanac of state politics. But what you may not know is part of our goal is to create an archive of photos relating to state politics. This includes photos of incumbents, candidates, campaign logos, campaign signs and campaign-related events.

We have profiles pages for all incumbents and candidates, but some of them are lacking a picture. Do you have a picture of a candidate that we could use on the site? If so, e-mail it to Photo.Editor@ballotpedia.org. Please only submit original photos and include the copyright information in your e-mail.

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We are also soliciting photos of local campaign signs, either for ballot measures or statewide elections. If you see a campaign side on the side of the road, snap a picture with your camera or phone and send it our way! We'll upload it to the site and include it on the relevant pages and you'll be helping us build a pictorial history of state politics in the United States.

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If you attend a campaign rally, why not take a picture and submit it for inclusion on Ballotpedia? Here is an example of a reader-submitted photo, taken at a September 13, 2011 rally in Raleigh, North Carolina regarding the North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage, Amendment 1 (May 2012).

Camera icon.png If you have any questions about this month's project, please contact Lauren Rodgers.

July

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Can you believe 2012 is halfway over? July is a relatively quiet month in terms of elections, so we figured it would be the perfect time to highlight Ballotpedia's latest original news report: The Executive Summary. It's a bi-monthly news report prepared by our team of state executive reporters. The reports provide comprehensive coverage of everything related to the state executive offices, from elections and appointments to controversies and current events. With each edition of the Executive Summary, you'll get the most important and relevant information about state executives across the country. You can read the reports on-line or sign-up to have them delivered to your inbox every other Thursday - just put your e-mail in the box to the right!

The Executive Summary is the latest in a series of feature pieces that Ballotpedia staff produce. You can read about which new ballot measures are coming up with The Tuesday Count, make sense of all the various state legislative deadlines and special sessions with the State Legislative Tracker and keep up-to-date on ballot measure law with the Ballot Law Update. We also have archived, in-depth coverage of the 2010 census redistricting process in the Redistricting Roundup - a weekly series that was published between January 28, 2011 and March 30, 2012.

Want to help out? The state executive team is always looking for good stories to add to the report! If you see something, you can add it to the State executive official news desk or send an e-mail to StateExecutives@ballotpedia.org. Feel free to use that same e-mail address if you have any questions or comments about this month's project.

June

5,999 seats of the country's 7,384 state legislative seats are up for election in the November 6, 2012 state legislative elections.

Here at Ballotpedia, we've developed a unique rubric - know as the "Competitiveness Index" - to measure how competitive each state's legislative elections actually are. The index weighs three factors in determining how competitive an election is:

  1. If the incumbent does run for re-election, does he or she draw a primary challenger?
  2. Are there two major party candidates in the general election?
  3. Is the incumbent running for re-election or not?

This year, a team of Ballotpedia researchers, led by Assistant Project Director Tyler King, are analyzing and compiling a state-to-state comparison of primary elections, general elections and open seats.

How you can help - submit candidate information

With almost 6,000 seats up for election, we need all the help we can get making sure our candidate lists are up-to-date. Do you know of a candidate running for office we don't have a profile for yet? Is there more information we could add to an existing page that would improve our coverage? Or are you a candidate yourself, wanting to provide more information for your own page? We encourage you to use our new biography submission form. Thanks, in advance!

3Competitive 2012.jpg To read more about the project, check out the Competitiveness Index project page or contact Tyler King.

May

The 2012 election season really heats up in May. There are primary elections, candidate filing deadlines, and ballot certifications going on what seems like every day. At Ballotpedia, we couldn't be more excited, and we've built election plans to let our readers know exactly what kind of coverage they can expect from us. You can read all about what you can look forward to in the coming months in four of our projects: Congress, state executives, state legislatures and ballot measures.

But our elections plans are just the tip of the iceberg. This month, we are asking for our readers to help us add links to official and unofficial voter guides for all 50 states. (Click here for more details).

Help.png If you have any questions about this month's project or need any help editing, please contact Lauren Rodgers.

April

See also: Ballotpedia's page for local ballot measures volunteers

We cover a lot on Ballotpedia, from statewide ballot measures, insurance commissioners and state legislatures to redistricting, recall and Congress.

But did you know that we also cover local ballot measures? At the moment, we cover local measures in 11 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. With your help, we can expand that coverage to include local ballot measure elections in all 50 states.

When volunteers on Ballotpedia like you can cover local ballot measures in more counties and more states, we will be able to detect patterns and trends both in the types of political topics that show up on local ballots, and in their approval/rejection rates. By volunteering to research and write about local ballot measures in your part of the country, your work will become part of a rich national tapestry.

If you're interested in volunteering and helping expand our coverage of local ballot measures:

  • Read through the FAQs on the volunteer page to get an overview of what to expect if you are interested in volunteering in this area.
  • Send an email to ballotmeasures@ballotpedia.org to let us know of your interest and ask whatever questions you may have.
  • Post a link to this page on your Facebook or Twitter account and ask your friends/followers to consider getting involved in this project.

Clipboard48.png You can also check out our page dedicated this to project for more details!

March

Everyone is familiar with the President's State of the Union address. At Ballotpedia, we've begun archiving similar speeches made by each of the 50 governors: the "State of the State." (In Iowa, it's called the "Condition of the State" and in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia it's known as "State of the Commonwealth.") Whichever name it goes by, these speeches are delivered to the state legislature and fulfill the requirement in most state constitutions that the governor must deliver an annual report to the legislature.

These speeches outline what a governor's priorities are for a particular year, notes some of the struggles their state may have faced in the past year or address some specific national trend. At Ballotpedia, we thought it would be interesting to compile a page of each for as far back as we go. That's where you come in! This project combines internet research with wiki-editing and can be a good place to start if you're testing our your wiki skills. We've already started a page to collect the archived speeches: State of the state addresses, so all you have to do is add links under the appropriate years!

The steps are easy:

  1. Find the text of an address you can add to our page and copy the link. Stateline is a great place to find state of the state addresses from 2002 - 2011. For older addresses, you'll get to do some deeper research in each state's historical archives.
  2. On another browser tab (or a new window if you'd prefer) open the State of the state addresses page and click the "Edit" tab on the top of the page.
  3. In the code, find the year you want to add to. Below these instructions is an example of how the year 2011 looks in the code.
  4. Add a line for your state and input the link. Using an asterisk in the code creates a bullet on the wiki. A single set of brackets [ ] creates a link to an external website. Inside the brackets, paste the link, press the space bar, and insert the name of the state you're adding.
  5. Click "Preview" at the bottom of the page to make sure your changes look good, and then click "Save" and you're done!
=2011=              <--- Using just one "=" around a heading will make it a tab.
{{colbegin|5}}      <--- This code will put a list in 5 columns.
*[http://stateline.org/live/details/speech?contentId=540472 Alabama]  
*[http://stateline.org/live/details/speech?contentId=540474 Arkansas] 
...
*[http://stateline.org/live/details/speech?contentId=540512 Wyoming]
{{colend}}          <--- This code tells the wiki to end the columns

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February

Did you know that Ballotpedia doesn't just cover current politics? We have historic ballot measure pages that date all the way back to 1900! With all of that information, there's a lot of work that needs to be done in order to get the pages looking their best. Throughout the month of February, we'll be focusing the efforts of our staff and volunteers on adding election results box templates to Ohio's ballot measure articles from 1931 through 2008.

These templates give a clean and consistent look across the wiki and provide our readers with valuable information about the votes on individual ballot measures. Here's an example of a template in use, taken from our page on an unsuccessful ballot measure from 1926 that would have eliminated Ohio's compulsory primary:

Initiated Issue 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No743,31364.72%
Yes 405,152 35.28%

Simple enough, right? By adding just a few lines of code, we are able to present you - our readers - with the information you're looking for in an easily digestible manner.

Clipboard48.pngWant to help us out? Or learn more about out ballot measures project? Contact the Ballot Measures Project Director to learn how you can help us build a part of history!

January

2012 is finally here! And at Ballotpedia, that means one thing: elections. This month, we're highlighting the work of the state executive officials team as they work to build election and candidate pages. As one of Ballotpedia's newest projects, this is only the second year covering state executive elections - and this year there is quite a jump in the number of elections. In 2011, only three states had regularly scheduled state executive elections.

This year, twenty-one states are scheduled to hold elections to fill 83 executive positions, providing ample opportunity for you to get involved and help us build up our election and candidate pages.

There are several types of pages we have for election coverage:

  • State executive official elections, 2012 gives an overview of all election dates and breaks down the election by both state and office
  • Each state has its own page that highlights key deadlines, information about primary elections, and a more detailed explanation of each race.
Example: North Carolina state executive official elections, 2012
  • The races at the top of the ballot (Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General) have separate pages for each race. These pages provide background information about the incumbent (running for re-election, retiring, term-limited from running again, et cetera) and offer in-depth analyses of campaign financing, race tracking, and polling.
Example: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

So whether you're interested in building candidate profiles, expanding our coverage of background information on a particular race, tracking candidate filing deadlines, or compiling campaign finance reports and polling data, we can use your help. We encourage you to browse through the state executive election pages and find a place where you can add information to make our site better.

StateExecLogo.png Please contact Lauren Rodgers if you have any questions specific to this month's project.

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December

Ballotpedia is growing! We recently launched a new project, and we're excited to announce we've started to cover Congress. The project is still in the early stages of development, so it's perfect time to try your hand at editing.

The main project page goes into more details, but here's a snapshot. We're just finishing the first step: building profiles on all 535 current members of Congress. Now there are five main types of articles we're working to build and expand upon:

  1. Profiles of candidates for Congress.
  2. Articles that are overviews of elections.
  3. Profiles of the 435 Congressional Districts.
  4. Profiles of the Congressional committees
  5. Features of U.S. Congress such as historical session information and leadership pages

We've put together a guide to getting started, outlining the first steps to get the project rolling. Our niche for coverage this first cycle will be primary elections, but feel free to add to any of our pages. The month of December will focus specifically on building profiles of candidates and election overview pages.

CongressLogo.png Please contact Geoff Pallay if you have any questions specific to this month's project.

November

Election season is upon us! Most of our staff time this month is dedicated to election reporting, original analysis, and changing the wiki to reflect the most current results. We are working to bring you interesting, relevant coverage of election-related news. And what better way to learn about the elections that with Ballotpedia's new podcast: the Ballotpedia Voice!

You can learn about ballot measures, candidates, and much more. The best part about it? You can listen on-line or find us in the iTunes store! Just search for "Ballotpedia" and subscribe today!

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October

The Ballotpedia project teams are always looking for opportunities to work with one another, and October's collaboration provides the perfect opportunity. We are in the process of building an index of the pages that writers in other projects are most likely to link to as they are working on their own projects.

The page is organized using tabs, with a dedicated section for each project. Now, our writers who work primarily on recalls can come to this new page and know the exact terminology to use when writing about the role an attorney general plays in the initiative process, and our state legislature staff will know whether the name or title comes first when writing a news story about state executive officers.

This project is a perfect opportunity for new users to start editing! As you're navigating around the wiki, take note of some of the terms that you see on multiple pages. Check the index of terms to see if they're included on our list; if they are not, add them yourself!

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September

September marks the beginning of a new school and for students and teachers across the nation. For the Ballotpedia staff, it means a renewed effort to categorize our images!

Categories are a tool we use on Ballotpedia to help keep track of all our articles, images, and pages. We place articles in categories with others in a related topic. Every page on the wiki should have at least one category; you can find them at the bottom of each page. For example, you can tell this page is in the ''Community'' category because on the bottom of the page it says Category:Community. The categories provide an easy way for us to organize the wiki and navigate between pages. Take some time to explore the different categories you find on pages and see what you can discover.

Our project this month features the work of our entire staff - not just one team. We have all been working hard to make sure all images have categories, but we have come to realize that some of the image categories are too broad. We are now creating sub-categories for Category:Ballot measure images.

You can see our progress here. At the month's beginning, we only had three sub-categories and over 300 images that still needed further categorization.

Pencil.pngPlease contact the Image Category Manager if you have any questions specific to this month's project.

August

Do you have an interesting tidbit about your state legislator?
Is there something happening in your local area that you haven't seen covered on Ballotpedia?

The state legislatures team needs your help! They have recently introduced a new aspect into their coverage: unique news. The idea is to add small, relevant stories of interest to pages of legislators, committees, or elections. Here are a few examples of what they have done so far:

The team uses a news desk to compile stories that could be of interest. If you are interested in working on this project, that page is a good place to start for generating story ideas. Or, you might even be aware of a local story that we have not yet seen!

USbutton45.pngPlease contact the State Legislature Project Director if you have any questions specific to this month's project.

Follow up from Project Director

In August 2011, the monthly collaboration project focused on unique news additions for the state legislative project. The goal here was -- and is -- to add original and unique news additions to profiles, chambers, committees and election pages.

Over the course of the month, unique news pieces were added to more than 80 state legislator pages. Among the many different topics covered were state legislators declaring an intent to run for election in 2012 and the California State Assembly declaring individual budgets were not public record.

These types of additions to the wiki pages provide an individuality to that gives it a sense of originality from other pages in the project.

Over the course of the coming months ahead, the state legislative project will continue to focus on adding unique news components to profiles.

Thanks!
Geoff Pallay, Project Director for State Legislatures

July

The latest installment of our Monthly Collaboration comes from our ballot measures team. They are working to improve two decades worth of ballot measures, and the focus of this month is 1990 ballot measures. We'll work to make sure each of the measures is featured in chart form, and add an introduction explaining everything. The end-of-the-month goal is for the pages to look similar to our 2010 ballot measures page, with each of the ballot measures featured in chart form and a short introduction on the main page.

Clipboard48.pngPlease contact the Ballot Measures Project Director if you have any questions specific to this month's project.