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* '''NetSquared''' features an interview on how the [[Sam Adams Alliance]] is helping build Ballotpedia, [[Judgepedia]] and [[Sunshine Review]] to fight "taxation without information".<ref>[http://www.netsquared.org/blog/jedsundwall/fighting-taxation-without-information-interview-eric-odom ''Fighting taxation without information'']</ref>
* '''Watchdog.org''' interviewed Ballotpedia's [[Ballot measures|ballot measures]] project director [[Ballotpedia:Brittany Clingen|Brittany Clingen]] about Texas ballot measures.<ref>http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/a-grinchs-guide-to-texas-ballot-measures/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SayAnything+%28Say+Anything%29 ''Wathdog.org,'' "A Grinch’s guide to Texas ballot measures," November 1, 2013</ref>

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What people are saying about Ballotpedia

  • Governing magazine says Ballotpedia is "a must-read for those who follow politics at every level."[1]
  • This is Common Sense writes: "Ballotpedia is the nation’s best tracker of ballot measures."[2]
  • Patrick Tuohey, publisher of the Missouri Record, says, "Ballotpedia has been an excellent resource as we try to help our readers understand what is at stake in both specific ballot initiatives and legislative efforts to reform the initiative process itself. Furthermore, Ballotpedia has furnished us with several exclusive columns about Missouri's petition process and history." [3]
  • The National Taxpayers Union says, "If you’ve ever wanted a “one-stop shop” for information on state and local ballot measures, past and present, I’d recommend you head over to Ballotpedia.org."[4]
  • Mark Tapscott, editorial page editor of the Washington Examiner says, "This is an important web site and I expect it to become an essential resource for everybody interested in public policy and politics."[5]
  • Go Green Solar says, "There are plenty of resources out there – most notably ballotpedia.org – that can give you more details about each side of the debate.[7]
  • The Daily Kos writes: "For objective information about Ted Cruz's voting record and career or the career of any elected official; local, state or federal, visit www.ballotpedia.org."[8]


News outlets are citing Ballotpedia

  • The Washington Post published a piece featuring Ballotpedia's July 2012 study looking at the trend of state legislative incumbents losing in primary elections.[10]
  • Politico editor Charles Mathiesan cited Ballotpedia's incumbency study.[11]
  • In an editorial, the Cincinatti Enquirer recommended that its readers consult Ballotpedia for "up-to-date information on Ohio ballot issues, plus historical data on state initiatives and amendments."[15]
  • KESQ-TV in Palm Springs, California, says, "If you're still having trouble understanding what's at a stake during the California elections Tuesday, than look no further than Ballotpedia."[16]
  • The Denver Daily News says, "With the near record-breaking number of initiatives scheduled for November’s ballot, learning enough about the measures to make an informed vote can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, the web site Ballotpedia.com provides comprehensive information on all 19 measures that are likely to be on the ballot."[17]


Bloggers are using Ballotpedia

  • Lifehacker, a blog about internet resources and personal productivity, says Ballotpedia offers "gateways to all kinds of useful information, including arguments for and against each ballot proposition. If you haven't brushed up on the other important votes you can cast on your ballot this year, Ballotpedia is a great resource to get up to speed."[19]
  • ForceChange, a blog writing about the environment, says "In this day and age of misleading advocacy commercials, Ballotpedia is a great place to get a quick and thorough rundown of both sides of a proposed measure."[20]
  • The Ohio Legal Research Blog says, "To locate a quick list of all of Ohio's ballot issues, try out the information compiled by ballotpedia.org. For Ohio it lists both the certified issues on the ballot and those that did not make it. In addition, there are links to news stories, case law references, and key facts on the current issues. A list of all Ohio ballots (from 1913 to 2007) has been compiled, along with summary information on Ohio's ballot procedures and history. All in all, a great research starting point."[21]
  • Daily Axioms says "Ballotpedia.org is arguably one of the more helpful wikis out there for being informed on what will be on the ballot this election. You can search out your individual state and figure out what issues are going to be voted on. Therefore, you can educate yourself on the issues before you enter the ballot box and wonder what proposition 123 is...This is a great example of the power of wikis to inform and educate."[22]
  • Luna Tail says, "I just had to devote a whole post to this site...I love wikis… such as WikiPedia, I love how the community can support them. Sure, sometimes a bad seed gets in, but for the most part good solid people with good solid information take care of it. And BallotPedia is no different. If you are wondering what is going to be on your ballot, what the issues in your state are, and if you also want to help contribute to the wiki, you really probably want to check this site out!"[23]
  • Leggy Lady says, "I'm not a hugely political person. I've always cared about the props but never quite knew how to research them well. I've just discovered a good starter source. Ballotpedia.org. It is a wiki site and has some good resources. Of course, take everything with a grain of salt."[24]
  • The Dude says, "While doing a little research on some of the constitutional amendments and referenda on this year's ballot, I stumbled across Ballotpedia. Pretty cool site with a summary of each of the state-level items on the ballot this year. If you haven't voted yet and need some info on a particular matter, this is a good place to get it."[25]
  • Chico Laura says, "Have you seen the new "Ballotpedia" web site yet? The site allows you to click on any state on the map graphic to get information about ballot measures and initiatives prior to the election....like Wikipedia, anyone is welcome to register and contribute information. According to the site's editing policies and guidelines, "Views should be represented without bias." (Yeah right...we're talking politics here, right?) : )[26]


Ballotpedia staff are being interviewed


What researchers are saying

  • Governing says, "Come November, gubernatorial, legislative and local races won't be the only items on the ballot. Initiatives and referenda will top ballots in more than a dozen states, and a new Web site, Ballotpedia, aims to help voters navigate these measures."[28]
  • Infominder/Resource Shelf where "where dedicated librarians and researchers share the results of their directed (and occasionally quirky) web searches for resources and information", says, "..here in Florida, there always seem to be a wealth of “citizen initiatives,” etc., on the ballots at election time. The ballot language is often dense and impenetrable, and it can be difficult to figure out what you are voting for — or against. Ballotpedia attempts to keep track of these things and provide some context. It explains how the measure got onto the ballot in the first place, and tells you which groups/organizations are for it and against it — something that can be particularly helpful in the case of those ballot initiatives sponsored by special interest groups, but disguised by language to seem like something other than what they are.[29]
  • The Journalist's Toolbox, which shares helpful research tools for reporters and editors, lists Ballotpedia as an election resource.[30]
  • Oregon Legal Research, put together by a public law librarian, says, "...did you know about Ballotpedia? Use their search box and type in, uh, Oregon! They also have this beauty, Oregon ballot measures, and it includes 2008!"[31]
  • The National Initiative for Democracy says "Ballotpedia aims to be an abundant and growing source of information on citizen initiatives, ballot access, petition drives, initiative and referendum for political change, recall elections, school district bond issues and associated subjects."[32]


See also


  1. Governing, "Races (Besides the White House) You Should Watch," October 16, 2012
  2. This is Common Sense, "A Fighting (Peaceful) Chance," November 5, 2013
  3. [1]
  4. One-stop shopping for ballot measures
  5. Ballotpedia is citizen-powered democracy
  6. Ballotwatch 2008
  7. Oh the Confusion! Understanding CA Ballot Initiatives, September 1, 2008
  8. Daily Kos, "Stop the CRUZade", November 28, 2013
  9. Citizens in Charge, "Ballotpedia: Tomorrow’s Top 5 Ballot Measures", November 4, 2013
  10. Washington Post, "The Fix: The death of the Kansas moderate?" August 8, 2012
  11. Politico, "A rough night for incumbents," August 8, 2012
  12. Five Thirty Eight, "A West Virginia forecast: High uncertainty," October 4, 2011
  13. Misery Loves Company, Tulsa World, May 15, 2011
  14. First Steps of AP Recall Process Complete, News Sun, May 18, 2011
  15. Cincinatti Enquirer, "Voters must take the initiative", August 9, 2008
  16. Ballotpedia
  17. Denver Daily News, "Denver's got issues", August 6, 2008
  18. Napa Valley Register Voter Guide
  19. "Ballotpedia Helps You Understand Local Propositions and Initiatives", October 30, 2008
  20. "With heated local ballot campaigns, Ballotpedia.org is a great resource", October 24, 2008
  21. Ohio Legal Research Blog, "Ballotpedia", October 20, 2008
  22. Daily Axioms, "Ballotpedia: What is on your ballot?", October 20, 2008
  23. Luna Tail, "Ballotpedia", October 17, 2008
  24. Leggy Lady, "Ballotpedia", October 5, 2008
  25. Mountain Buzz, "Ballotpedia - handy ballot summary site"
  26. Chico Laura blog, "Ballotpedia", October 9, 2008
  27. http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/a-grinchs-guide-to-texas-ballot-measures/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SayAnything+%28Say+Anything%29 Wathdog.org, "A Grinch’s guide to Texas ballot measures," November 1, 2013
  28. Governing's Idea Center, August 28, 2008
  29. Resources of the week: Another handful of niche sites
  30. Election 2008
  31. How to find Oregon statewide ballot measures
  32. NI4D, Links, Reference Information