Ballotpedia:Volunteers (local ballot measures)
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 states, and in the other 39 states, to provide additional coverage.
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 of how voters engage with local governance questions throughout the country.
What would I be doing?
- You would periodically check the relevant official election website in the counties you commit to cover to see if there any local ballot measure elections scheduled.
- If there are, you would add those to a list on Ballotpedia for each county in question.
- You would then begin and develop an article about each specific local measure.
- For example, you'd do research to find out what the official text of the measure is, who is for it and against it, what their arguments are, any campaign spending that has occurred, and so on.
- There are detailed local ballot measure writing guidelines on Ballotpedia to give you ideas on how to approach writing about a local ballot measure election.
How much time would I invest?
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.