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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: 12:38 pm

End time: 1:24 pm

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 school districts are there in Texas?
  • Who are the members of the 2013-2014 Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch subcommittee?
    • Jeanne Shaheen (Chairperson), John Hoeven (Ranking Member), Chris Coons, Mark Begich, Barbara Mikulski (Ex Officio), John Boozman, Richard Shelby (Ex Officio)[2]
  • How many measures relating to medical marijuana were on the ballot in 1998? Which (if any) were approved?
    • There were five measures relating to medical marijuana on the ballot in 1998 (out of a total of seven marijuana related measures).[3] Of the five, four were approved: the Alaska Medical Marijuana Act;[4] the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act;[5] the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act;[6] and the Washington Medical Marijuana Act.[7] Arizona Proposition 300, also known as the Referendum Relating to the Medical Use of Schedule I Drugs, was defeated.[8]

Internet research

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

  • Who is on the City Council for Kalispell, MT? When were they elected? Provide answer in bullet points.

Including the mayor, Kalispell, MT has nine city council members:[9]

  • Mayor Mark Johnson (since January 2014)
  • Council President Kari Gabriel (since January 2004)
  • Sandy Carlson (since January 2014)
  • Wayne Saverund (since March 2007)
  • Chad Graham (since January 2014)
  • Jim Atkinson (since January 1988)
  • Randy Kenyon (since January 2000)
  • Tim Kluesner (since July 2005)
  • Phil Guiffrida (since January 2012)


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

  • Who sponsored HB 474 in the New Hampshire 2012 session? What did the bill do? What is it's current status?

HB 474, the “Right to Work Act,” was introduced in the New Hampshire House of Representatives at the beginning of the 2011 session. Its sponsors included eight Republicans and no Democrats:

  • William Smith (Primary Sponsor)
  • Alfred Baldasaro
  • James Forsythe
  • Carl Seidel
  • Kathleen Lauer-Rago
  • Frank Holden
  • Charles Brosseau
  • James Summers

The bill prohibits collective bargaining agreements that would require an employee to join a labor union. Specifically, it targets the ability of labor unions to force non-union members in “closed shop” workplaces to contribute to the cost of collective bargaining.[10]

Supporters of HB 474 argue that it will make the state more attractive to new businesses, thereby stimulating the New Hampshire economy.[11] Conversely, opponents of the bill argue that it interferes with a worker’s right to negotiate contracts and threatens to lower wages.[12]

HB 474 passed the New Hampshire House of Representatives in February, 2011 and passed the State Senate in April 2011. But, after having promised to do so, Governor John Lynch vetoed the bill. House Republicans attempted to reverse the veto, but failed to achieve the two-thirds majority needed. The executive veto was sustained.[13]

A similar bill was presented during the 2013 session. It was defeated 212-141.[14]

Complex edit

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 General Election

Orlando City Council, District 5, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEdward “Juan” Lynum 39.2% 743
Regina Hill 37.3% 707
Cynthia Rena Harris 23.5% 446
Total Votes 1,896
Source: Orange County Elections


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. Not only do we write comprehensively about the 100 U.S. Senators and 435 members of the U.S. House, we also cover comprehensively all 7,334 state legislators, all state executives, and all statewide elected officials in addition to anyone who challenges them in either a primary or general election – regardless of party affiliation.

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

The people who hold office on our behalf are unaccustomed to the kind of scrutiny that they are about to receive – without a doubt, they are not going to like it. The fight ahead will not be pretty; but, nonetheless, cleaning up our political system is both vital and salutary.