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* Just [[Help:Getting started|get started on your own]] and see what develops.
 
* Just [[Help:Getting started|get started on your own]] and see what develops.
* Send an email to [mailto:Leslie.Graves@ballotpedia.org Leslie.Graves@ballotpedia.org] to let her know of your interest and asking whatever questions you may have.
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* Send an email to [mailto:joshaltic@ballotpedia.org joshaltic@ballotpedia.org] to let him know of your interest and to ask whatever questions you may have.
  
 
Either way, reading through the FAQ below will give you an overview of what to expect if you are interested in volunteering in this area.
 
Either way, reading through the FAQ below will give you an overview of what to expect if you are interested in volunteering in this area.
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Another way to help is by posting a link to this page on your [http://www.facebook.com/ Facebook] or [http://www.twitter.com Twitter] account and asking your friends/followers to consider getting involved in this big project.
  
 
==Why is this important?==
 
==Why is this important?==
  
 
* It's hard for voters to find good information about local ballot measures. You can solve that information problem for information-hungry voters in your county or state through your research and writing.
 
* It's hard for voters to find good information about local ballot measures. You can solve that information problem for information-hungry voters in your county or state through your research and writing.
* To the extent that volunteers on Ballotpedia can cover local ballot measures in more counties and more states, it will be possible 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.
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* To the extent that volunteers on Ballotpedia can cover local ballot measures in more counties and more states, it will be possible 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.'''
 
* You'd play a key role in creating an encyclopedic overview with archival value for historians, scholars and journalists of how voters engage with local governance questions throughout the country.
 
* You'd play a key role in creating an encyclopedic overview with archival value for historians, scholars and journalists of how voters engage with local governance questions throughout the country.
  
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* How many local ballot measures typically appear on the ballot for political subdivisions in that county in the course of an average year.
 
* How many local ballot measures typically appear on the ballot for political subdivisions in that county in the course of an average year.
 
* How indepth you go in your research and writing.
 
* How indepth you go in your research and writing.
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The average county in the average state probably only has about 3 local ballot measures a year.  That's because many counties have none.  If you committed to covering 10 counties, on average you'd be writing up about 25-35 local ballot measure articles a year.  If you put 3-4 hours of research and writing into each article, that would mean you'd be spending about 100 hours a year, or two hours a week doing this.
  
 
==What states does Ballotpedia already cover?==
 
==What states does Ballotpedia already cover?==
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==What do you already have in my county?==
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Click on your state in this list, and then on your county. That will tell you whether any work has ever been done in your county.  Also, check the external links section of that article for your county.  It should go to your county's election department.  This will allow you to figure out how much information your county does (or doesn't) make available online about its local ballot measure elections.
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==See also==
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* [[Ballotpedia:WikiProject Local Ballot Measures|Read more about the "local ballot measures" project here]]
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{{local ballot measures}}
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[[Category:Local ballot measures]]
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[[Category:Local measure writing guidelines]]
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[[Category: Community]]

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Ballotpedia is looking for volunteers to cover local ballot measure elections in each of the 50 states.

Since 2009, we have covered all local ballot measures in 11 states. We're looking for volunteers:

  • In those 11 states, to provide even more detailed coverage.
  • In the other 39 states, to begin to develop this type of information in those states.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can either:

Either way, reading through the FAQ below will give you an overview of what to expect if you are interested in volunteering in this area.

Another way to help is by posting a link to this page on your Facebook or Twitter account and asking your friends/followers to consider getting involved in this big project.

Why is this important?

  • It's hard for voters to find good information about local ballot measures. You can solve that information problem for information-hungry voters in your county or state through your research and writing.
  • To the extent that volunteers on Ballotpedia can cover local ballot measures in more counties and more states, it will be possible 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.
  • You'd play a key role in creating an encyclopedic overview with archival value for historians, scholars and journalists of how voters engage with local governance questions throughout the country.

What would I be doing?

How much time would I invest?

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That depends on:

  • How many counties you commit to cover.
  • How many local ballot measures typically appear on the ballot for political subdivisions in that county in the course of an average year.
  • How indepth you go in your research and writing.

The average county in the average state probably only has about 3 local ballot measures a year. That's because many counties have none. If you committed to covering 10 counties, on average you'd be writing up about 25-35 local ballot measure articles a year. If you put 3-4 hours of research and writing into each article, that would mean you'd be spending about 100 hours a year, or two hours a week doing this.

What states does Ballotpedia already cover?

  1. Arizona
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Florida
  5. Illinois
  6. Michigan
  7. Missouri
  8. Ohio
  9. Oregon
  10. Washington
  11. Wisconsin

What do you already have in my county?

Click on your state in this list, and then on your county. That will tell you whether any work has ever been done in your county. Also, check the external links section of that article for your county. It should go to your county's election department. This will allow you to figure out how much information your county does (or doesn't) make available online about its local ballot measure elections.

{{Alabama counties}} | {{Alaska boroughs}} | {{Arkansas counties}} | {{Arizona counties}} | {{California counties}} | {{Colorado counties}} | {{Connecticut counties}} | {{Delaware counties}} | {{Florida counties}} | {{Georgia counties}} | {{Hawaii counties}} | {{Idaho counties}} | {{Illinois counties}} | {{Indiana counties}} | {{Iowa counties}} | {{Kansas counties}} | {{Kentucky counties}} | {{Louisiana parishes}} | {{Maine counties}} | {{Maryland counties}} | {{Massachusetts counties}} | {{Michigan counties}} | {{Minnesota counties}} | {{Mississippi counties}} | {{Missouri counties}} | {{Montana counties}} | {{Nebraska counties}} | {{Nevada counties}} | {{New Hampshire counties}} | {{New Jersey counties}} | {{New Mexico counties}} | {{New York counties}} | {{North Carolina counties}} | {{North Dakota counties}} | {{Ohio counties}} | {{Oklahoma counties}} | {{Oregon counties}} | {{Pennsylvania counties}} | {{Rhode Island counties}} | {{South Carolina counties}} | {{South Dakota counties}} | {{Tennessee counties}} | {{Texas counties}} | {{Utah counties}} | {{Vermont counties}} | {{Virginia counties}} | {{Washington counties}} | {{West Virginia counties}} | {{Wisconsin counties}} | {{Wyoming counties}} |

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