Ballotpedia:Submit a link
If for some reason you are unable to add a link yourself, you can nominate a link.
How to nominate
- Send an email to Links@ballotpedia.org.
- In the subject line of your email, type the name of the state to which the link is relevant.
- In the body of your email:
- Include the URL of the article on Ballotpedia where you think the link you are nominating should go. (If you don't include this link, your email will most likely be ignored. It is not adequate to say, "The alcohol measure in Montana", or similar, because that applies to more than one ballot measure.)
- Include the URL of the link you think should be added.
- If you want to, you can include some reasons why you think the link should be added.
Ballotpedia strives to provide archival quality information about ballot measures. "Archival quality information" means that we want our readers to have access to a very wide array of information about a ballot measure, including as much information as possible about how the ballot measure is perceived by a wide variety of organizations and individuals, and what is being said about it.
This means that a link that would be valued on Ballotpedia might not be valued in a more general purpose almanac or encyclopedia. We are striving to let our readers know as much as possible about what is being said and by whom about the ballot measure.
Note that in a ballot measure article, the "external links" section is often broken down into three subsections:
- "Basic information"
- "Support" (or "Supporters")
- "Opposition" (or "Opponents")
"Basic information" refers to:
- Ballot text
- Official voter guide information
- Fiscal impact estimates
- Scholarly or policy analyses of the measure that do not take a position on it. This can include overviews of the ballot question presented by newspapers, think tanks, debate societies, and non-partisan voter information resources.
- Neutral video presentations/explanations or videos of debates about the ballot measure.
"Support" or "supporters" refers to:
- Links to official "Yes" advocacy websites, including Facebook pages and Twitter feeds (or similar)
- Links to videos or advertisements supporting a "yes" vote.
- Links to subpages on organizational websites, where the organization has taken a "yes" position and goes into some detail about why they took that position.
- Links to endorsements or analysis of the measure that clearly lean in favor of a "yes" vote.
"Opposition" or "supporters" refers to:
- Links to official "No" advocacy websites, including Facebook pages and Twitter feeds (or similar)
- Links to videos or advertisements supporting a "no" vote
- Links to subpages on organizational websites, where the organization has taken a "no" position and goes into some detail about why they took that position.
- Links to endorsements or analysis of the measure that clearly lean in favor of a "no" vote.
Note: Links under the "support" and "opposition" sections do not have to be to websites that are fair and balanced presentations of the ballot measure. Those links go under "basic information." Links under "support" and "opposition" are for advocacy organizations and individuals who are likely to present their case in a one-sided way. The purpose of including these links is not to give the reader of the article access to a fair and balanced presentation of the ballot measure; rather, the purpose of including these links is to allow the reader to see what people with a specific position on the ballot measure have to say about it.
Nominating a link does not in any way guarantee that your proposed link will be added. But, if your link falls within guidelines, and would be a service to readers, it will probably be added.
It may take up to a week for an acceptable link you nominate to be added.
If you go ahead and add the link yourself, there's no waiting!
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Note that videos can be embedded in the article. Videos of interest include 30 and 60-second spots created by official campaign committees, as well as videos about the ballot measure made by supporters or opponents that are not sponsored by an official campaign committee
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 If you want to recommend a link to a subpage on a larger website because the subpage is specifically about the ballot measure, make sure that when you nominate your link to include a link to the subpage in your email.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 However, newspaper endorsements should not be listed here; rather, newspaper endorsements should be included as footnotes to a section in the article about newspaper/media endorsements.