Ballotpedia:What people are saying
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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."
- This is Common Sense writes: "Ballotpedia is the nation’s best tracker of ballot measures."
- 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. It's a website to bookmark!"
- 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."
- The Initiative & Referendum Institute says, "For additional nonpartisan information on ballot propositions, see Ballotpedia."
- 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.
- 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."
- The Citizens in Charge Foundation called Ballotpedia "Planet Earth’s No. 1 wiki on election-related matters." 
News outlets are citing Ballotpedia
- The Wall Street Journal, in an article titled Ten Election Day Ballot Measures, wrote: "Special thanks to analysis by the National Taxpayers Union and 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.
- Politico editor Charles Mathiesan cited Ballotpedia's incumbency study.
- New York Times blogger Nate Silver cited Ballotpedia in an October 2011 article about West Virginia's special gubernatorial election.
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- The Napa Valley Register links to Ballotpedia's information about each of the November ballot propositions in California.
- The Christian Science Monitor writes, "Texas, according to Ballotpedia.org, has the longest constitution and every other year there are about 16 more amendments to vote on."
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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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!"
- 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."
- 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."
- PJ Personal writes, "Ballotpedia.org is also a good basic site like Wikipedia just about elections."
Ballotpedia staff are being interviewed
- Watchdog.org interviewed Ballotpedia's ballot measures project director Brittany Clingen about Texas ballot measures.
- Brittany Clingen also appeared on Fox News, speaking about ballot measures on the Special Report with Bret Baier.
What researchers are saying
- FindLaw writes: "Ballotpedia provides commendable and complete coverage."
- 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."
- 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.
- 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!"
- 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."
- The Association of College & Research Libraries recommends Ballotpedia as a resource.
- Governing, "Races (Besides the White House) You Should Watch," October 16, 2012
- This is Common Sense, "A Fighting (Peaceful) Chance," November 5, 2013
- National Taxpayers Union, "One-stop shopping for ballot measures," May 8, 2008
- Washington Examiner, "Ballotpedia is citizen-powered democracy," February 2, 2008
- Initiative & Referendum Institute, "Ballotwatch," Accessed December 5, 2013
- Go Green Solar, "Oh the Confusion! Understanding CA Ballot Initiatives," September 1, 2008
- Daily Kos, "Stop the CRUZade", November 28, 2013
- Citizens in Charge, "Ballotpedia: Tomorrow’s Top 5 Ballot Measures", November 4, 2013
- Wall Street Journal, "Ten Election Day Ballot Measures," November 5, 2013
- Washington Post, "The Fix: The death of the Kansas moderate?" August 8, 2012
- Politico, "A rough night for incumbents," August 8, 2012
- Five Thirty Eight, "A West Virginia forecast: High uncertainty," October 4, 2011
- Tulsa World, "Misery Loves Company," May 15, 2011
- News Sun, "First Steps of AP Recall Process Complete," May 18, 2011
- Cincinatti Enquirer, "Voters must take the initiative," August 9, 2008
- KESQ-TV, "Election Coverage," Accessed December 5, 2013
- Denver Daily News, "Denver's got issues", August 6, 2008
- Napa Valley Register Voter Guide, "Election 2008," Accessed December 5, 2013
- Christian Science Monitor, "Narrow tax hikes win support on election day 2013," November 11, 2013
- Lifehacker, "Ballotpedia Helps You Understand Local Propositions and Initiatives," October 30, 2008
- ForceChange, "With heated local ballot campaigns, Ballotpedia.org is a great resource," October 24, 2008
- Ohio Legal Research Blog, "Ballotpedia," October 20, 2008
- Daily Axioms, "Ballotpedia: What is on your ballot?," October 20, 2008
- Luna Tail, "Ballotpedia," October 17, 2008
- Leggy Lady, "Ballotpedia," October 5, 2008
- Mountain Buzz, "Ballotpedia - handy ballot summary site," October 23, 2008
- PJ Personal, "My Ballot Amendment 66, Proposition AA", November 4, 2013
- Watchdog.org, "A Grinch’s guide to Texas ballot measures," November 1, 2013
- Special Report with Bret Baier, November 6, 2013
- Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, "Recall efforts not unique to Lubbock, an increasing trend in politics," November 22, 2013
- FindLaw, "Our Dear Sunnyvale Becomes the Next Big Gun Control Battleground," November 7, 2013
- Governing, "Idea Center," August 28, 2008
- Infominder/Resource Shelf, "Resources of the week: Another handful of niche sites," January 3, 2010
- Oregon Legal Research Blog, "How to Find Oregon Statewide Ballot Measures," August 14, 2008
- National Initiative for Democracy, "Links, Reference Information," accessed December 5, 2013
- Association of College & Research Libraries, accessed December 5, 2013