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Key voting and election terms:

501(c)(3)501(c)(4)Absentee ballotAbsentee ballot vote fraudBallotBallot box stuffingBradley effectCanvassingCaucusCitizenClosed primaryConstituencyConstitutionConstitutional amendmentDead people votingDelegatesDemocracyDirect democracyEarly votingElectionElection assistance commission (EAC) • Election day registrationElectorElectorateElectronic voting fraudEligible voterExit pollingFederal Election Commission (FEC) • Felon vote fraudHelp America Vote Act (HAVA) • Independent expenditureJim Crow lawsOpen primaryOvervotePhone jammingPlatformPluralityPolitical action committee (PAC) • Poll taxPolling locationPrecinctPresidential primaryPrimary electionProportional representationProtest votePush pollingRegistered voterRunoff primarySame day registrationShy Elephant FactorStraight party votingStraight-ticket votingSuper PACThird-party voter registrationUndervoteVoter caging and purgingVoter impersonationVoter registrationVoter registration driveVoter registration fraudVotingVoting boothVoting machinesVoting more than onceVoting Rights ActWilder effect

...more terms available here.



Tips for searching election pages:

To search for pages within the Election project on Ballotpedia, try searching for the following:
  • [[STATE elections, YEAR]].

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Key Congressional terms:

United States CongressUnited States SenateUnited States House of RepresentativesUnited States Constitution
BicameralismFederal Election CommissionFederal governmentFilibusterEarmarksPork barrel spendingRedistrictingSuper PAC
...more terms available here.



Tips for searching Congressional election pages:

Ballotpedia's first elections coverage began in 2012.
To search for pages within the Congress project on Ballotpedia, try searching for the following:
  • [[United States Senate elections in STATE, 2014]].
  • [[United States House of Representatives elections in STATE, 2014]].
  • [[STATE's NUMBER congressional district elections, 2014]].
  • [[United States Senate special election in STATE, YEAR]] or [[STATE's NUMBER congressional district special election, YEAR]].

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Key Federal Affairs terms:

Possible 2016 U.S. Presidential candidatesElectoral College
Healthcare.gov website rolloutHealth insurance policy cancellations since Obamacare
To search for pages within the Federal Affairs project on Ballotpedia, please use the following tips:
  • Use the portal page chart to navigate to the appropriate cabinet, office, appointment and/or nominee.
  • If you know the name of the official, you can navigate directly to his or her page. Ex: [[Janet Yellen]].

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Key State Executive Officials terms:

RecallRedistricting
State executive offices:
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney generalTreasurerControllerAuditorSuperintendent of SchoolsInsurance CommissionerAgriculture CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Services Commissioner
...more terms available here.



Tips for searching State Executive Official pages:

If you are writing about specific state offices (example: the Governor of Kentucky), there are three state executive positions that are written as "Office of State."
  1. Governor of State
  2. Lieutenant Governor of State
  3. Attorney General of State
The rest of the executive positions use a "State Office" format (example: the Rhode Island Director of Labor) but the specific titles vary from state to state. We've created a chart that links to every office for every state.
To search for pages within the State Executive Officials project on Ballotpedia, try searching for the following:
  • [[State executive official elections, YEAR]].

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Key state legislative terms:

State legislatureUpper houseLower houseUnicameralRedistricting
Leadership positions:
State Speaker of the HouseState House Speaker Pro TemporeState House Majority Floor LeaderState House Assistant Majority Floor LeaderState House Majority WhipState House Majority Caucus LeaderState House Majority Caucus SecretaryState House Minority Floor LeaderState House Assistant Minority Floor LeaderState House Minority WhipState House Minority Caucus LeaderState House Minority Caucus Vice ChairState House Minority Caucus SecretaryPresident of the SenateState Senate President Pro TemporeState Senate Majority Floor LeaderState Senate Assistant Majority Floor LeaderState Senate Majority Caucus LeaderState Senate Majority WhipState Senate Minority Floor LeaderState Senate Assistant Minority Floor LeaderState Senate Minority Caucus Leader
...more terms available here.



Tips for searching State Legislatures pages:

To search for pages within the State Legislatures project on Ballotpedia, try searching for the following:
  • [[State legislative elections, YEAR]].
  • [[STATE State Senate elections, YEAR]].
  • [[STATE House of Representatives elections, YEAR]].
  • [[STATE State Assembly elections, YEAR]].
  • [[State legislative special elections, 2013]].
  • [[STATE state legislative special elections, 2013]].

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Key ballot measure terms:

Advisory questionApproved for circulationBallotBallot accessBallot initiativeBallot measureBallot titleBond issueCirculatorCirculation periodCitizen referendumConstitutional amendmentDemocracyDirect democracyDirect InitiativeDistribution requirementElectionElectorElectronic petition signatureEligible voterFiscal impact statementForged signatureFraudulent signatureIndirect initiated constitutional amendmentIndirect initiated state statuteIndirect initiativeIndirect initiative statuteInitiated constitutional amendmentInitiated state statuteInitiative and referendumInitiative proponentsInvalid signaturesLaws governing recallLegislative referralLegislative tamperingLegislatively-referred bond measureLegislatively-referred constitutional amendmentLegislatively-referred state statuteOut-of-state circulatorPaid circulatorPetitionPetition drivePetition drive managementRecallReferendumRegistered voterResidency requirements for petition circulatorsSignature certificationSignature challengeSignerSingle-subject ruleStatuteStatute referendumValid signatureVeto referendumVolunteer circulator

...more terms available here.



Tips for searching statewide ballot measure pages:

Ballot measuresMeasures by topicMeasures by yearMeasures by state

To search for pages within the statewide ballot measures project on Ballotpedia, try searching for the following:
  • By Year - an aggregate of ballot measures that appeared on the ballot by year - follow the format of [[YEAR ballot measures]] (example: 2011 ballot measures). A list of all ballot years can be found here.
  • By State & Year pages - an aggregate of ballot measures that appeared on the ballot on a particular year and in a particular state - follow the format of [[STATE YEAR ballot measures]] (example: Washington 2009 ballot measures).
  • By State with all Ballot Years - pages by state with lists of all years in which ballot measures were featured - follow the format of [[List of STATE ballot measures]] (example: List of Montana ballot measures).
    • A list of all ballot measures by state can be found here.
  • By Topic - ballot measures sorted by various political topics.
    • A list of political topics can be found here.



Tips for searching local ballot measure pages:

Local ballot measuresLocal measures by topicLocal measures by yearLocal measures by state

To search for pages within the local ballot measures project on Ballotpedia, try searching for the following:


Tips for searching ballot measure law pages:

Ballot measure lawChanges to laws governing ballot measures by yearLawsuits by yearLaws governing ballot measures by stateLaws governing the initiative process by state

To search for pages within the ballot measure law project on Ballotpedia, try searching for the following:
  • Law Changes By Year - pages that reveal proposed, approved and defeated laws relating to ballot measure law - follow the format [[Changes in YEAR to laws governing ballot measures]] (example: Changes in 2011 to laws governing ballot measures).
    • A list of such articles can be found here.
  • Lawsuits By Year - articles that provide a list of lawsuits relating to ballot measure law and ballot measures by state and year - follow the format [[:Category:Ballot measure lawsuits, YEAR]] (example: Category:Ballot measure lawsuits, 2010).
    • A list of such articles can be found here.
  • Laws By State - articles that direct readers to various direct democracy law articles - follow the format [[Laws governing ballot measures in STATE]] (example: Laws governing ballot measures in Alaska).
    • A list of articles relating to laws governing ballot measures (by state) can be found here.
  • Initiative Laws By State - articles that specifically relate to initiative and referendum laws - follow the format [[Laws governing the initiative process in STATE]] (example: Laws governing the initiative process in Arkansas).
    • A list of articles can be found here.

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Key education terms:

Academic performanceCommon CoreNo Child Left Behind ActRace to the TopSchool boardSchool districtTeacher merit pay
...more terms available here.



Tips for searching School Board Election pages:

To search for pages within the School Board Elections project on Ballotpedia, try searching for the following:
  • [[School board elections, YEAR]].
  • [[STATE school board elections, YEAR]].
  • [[STATE school districts]].
  • [[DISTRICT NAME, STATE]].
  • [[DISTRICT NAME elections (YEAR)]].

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Key recall terms:

Recall
...more terms available here.



Tips for searching Recall pages:

RecallLaws governing recall by stateAll political recall effortsRecall by stateRecall by year

To search for pages within the recall project on Ballotpedia, try searching for the following:
  • Laws By State - a collection of articles that outline the recall laws for specific states. Only 38 states have provisions allowing recall - they follow the format [[Laws governing recall in STATE]], (example: Laws governing recall in Alaska).
    • A list of recall law pages can be found here.
  • By State - this includes a list of pages that arrange the recall articles by state - they follow the format [[Recall campaigns in STATE]], (example: Recall campaigns in Alaska).
    • A list of recall efforts by state can be found here.
  • By Year - an aggregate for recall articles by year - follows the format [[Political recall efforts, YEAR]] (example: Political recall efforts, 2011).
    • A list of recall efforts by year can be found here.
  • By Type - this is a collection of recall efforts arranged by the political office that the recall targets follow the format [[OFFICENAME recalls]] such as:
City council recallsCounty commission recallsState legislative recallsMayoral recallsGubernatorial recallsSchool board recallsSheriff recallsSpecial district recallsCounty official recalls
  • A list of efforts by type of office targeted can be found here.

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Key redistricting terms:

Redistricting
...more terms available here.



Tips for searching Redistricting pages:

Redistricting occurs every 10 years after the census.

All 50 state redistricting pages follow the format of: [[Redistricting in STATE]] (example: Redistricting in California).

To search for pages within the Redistricting project on Ballotpedia, try searching the following:

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Key Interstate compact terms:

Interstate compact
...more terms available here.



Tips for searching interstate compact pages:

Articles about interstate compacts are titled according to the formal interstate compact name (example: Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact).
Interstate CompactsChart of interstate compactsInterstate compacts by stateInterstate compacts by topic

To search for pages within the Redistricting project on Ballotpedia, try searching the following:
  • Categories: each article features the relevant state categories and topic categories. For example, the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact includes the following categories:
  • [[Category:Interstate compacts]]
  • [[Category:Agriculture interstate compacts]]
  • [[Category:Industry regulation interstate compacts]]
  • [[Category:Connecticut interstate compacts]]
  • [[Category:Maine interstate compacts]]
  • [[Category:Massachusetts interstate compacts]]
  • [[Category:New Hampshire interstate compacts]]
  • [[Category:Rhode Island interstate compacts]]
  • [[Category:Vermont interstate compacts]]