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Welcome to the Lucy Burns Institute wiki test. We use this test to weigh a number of criteria:

  • general wiki aptitude
  • creativity
  • ability to identify the key points that should be shared in a wiki article about a topic based on reading one or more newspaper articles about that topic
  • good judgment about what should/should not be included on a wiki page
  • writing style: can you clarify complex topics? Do you write in a clear, straightforward prose style?
  • ability to group different types of information into different sections or paragraphs
  • sense of audience

The test is divided into five areas: wiki research, general research, complex wiki editing, writing, and copy-editing. Note your start and finish times in the section below.


Before beginning the test you must log in to Ballotpedia. Please follow the registration instructions here and create a username for yourself using this naming convention: FirstnameLastinitial. For example: SaraK.


Note your start and finish times here.

Start time: 10:00

End time:12:00

Wiki research

Answer the questions below. Provide citations to your answers in proper wiki format. Please use pages on the wiki to find your answers.

  • How many states have a Lieutenant Governor? Which states do not?
   Forty-five states have Lieutenant Governors. The five states without Lieutenant Governors are Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Wyoming.[1]
  • How many states had ballot measures pertaining to smoking bans in 2006? Which (if any) were approved?
   Arizona, Nevada, and Ohio each had ballot measures pertaining to smoking bans in 2006. In each of the states there were two different smoking related measures on the ballot and in each state one of the measures passed and the other failed.[2]
  • How many statewide measures were on the 2008 South Dakota ballot?
    There were eight statewide ballot questions on the South Dakota ballot in 2008. Seven of the ballot measures were on the November 2008 ballot and the other measure appeared on the June 2008 ballot.[3]

Internet research

Answer the question below. Provide citations to your answers in proper wiki format.

  • Who is on the City Council for Sun Prairie, WI? When were they elected? Provide answer in bullet points.
    • Russell Fassbender, District 1, first elected April 2007 [4]
    • Hariah Hutkowski, District 1, first elected April 2006 [5]
    • Andrea Gage, District 2, first elected April 2013 [6]
    • Jon Freund, District 2, first elected April 2006 and appointed Mayor May 13,2014 [7] [8]
    • George Frank, District 3, first elected 2014 [9]
    • Zachary Weber, District 3, first appointed May 2004 and first elected in 2005[10]
    • Al Guyant, District 4, first elected April 2014 [11]
    • Mary Polenske, Council President, District 4, first elected 2010 [12]


Answer the question below. Provide citations to your answer in proper wiki format.

  • What was the decision in the case of California State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court in California?

The court held that California State University, Fresno must make public the documents naming the licensees of the luxury suites in the SaveMart Center. The right of the public to know who held the licenses outweighed the university's fear that fundraising efforts could be curtailed if donors must be named publicly. The court noted that by licensing luxury boxes the donors had put themselves up for public scrutiny. "The purchase of luxury suites is more akin to a commercial transaction. The luxury suites unquestionably have a valuable commercial benefit, since they may be used to attract and facilitate business contracts and transactions. Thus, we find the individuals who purchased luxury suites in the Save Mart Center, a public facility, entered into the public sphere. By doing so, they voluntarily diminished their own privacy interests."[90 Cal.App.4th 835][13] The court reasoned that the disclosure of licensees allowed citizens to determine if licensees had been given any preferential treatment in bidding on contracts and if the public was getting a reasonable return on its investment in the public arena through licensing fees.[90 Cal.App.4th 834] [14] The court also held that the California State University, Fresno Association,Inc., a non-profit auxiliary corporation affiliated with the university, was not required to make its records of anonymous licensees public because it does not qualify as a state agency as defined by the California Public Records Act.[90 Cal.App.4th 817] [15]

For this portion of the test you must create an Election Box. This will require important wiki skills including research, proper citations and working with templates. Guidelines for adding one to a page can be found here. Create an election box for the Orlando City Council District 5 General Election from 2014 and post it in a new section on the test page beneath these instructions.

Orlando City Council District 5, April 8, 2014 General Election
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEdward “Juan” Lynum 39.2% 743
Regina I. Hill 37.3% 706
Cynthia Harris 23.5% 446
Total Votes 1,895


Edit the paragraphs below to correct any errors.

The Lucy Burns Institute is the nation's only organization working to provide comprehensive coverage of the over 500,000 elected officials in the United States, as well as the laws that govern every kind of election.

We don't just write comprehensively about the 100 U.S. senators and the 435 members of the U.S. House.

We also comprehensively cover all 7,334 State Legislators and anyone of any party, who challenges them in either a primary or general election, as well as every state executive official from the Governor to the Lieutenant Governor to the State Treasurer all the way down to statewide elected Railroad Commissioner and all their primary and general election challengers.

Our work has only just begun. There are over 500,000 elected officials serving at all levels of government in our country, and many more who have been appointed to their posts without a say from voters. To realize our vision, we need to cover many more of the darkest corners of American political life.

The people holding office on our behalf aren’t used to the kind of scrutiny they're about to receive from us, and I'm sure they won’t like it.

Needless to say, the fights ahead won’t be pretty; but they're a vital and salutary part of cleaning up our political system.
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