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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.

Login

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.

Times

Note your start and finish times here.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 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.

  • Which states (if any) have an elected Democratic Agriculture Commissioner?
West Virginia is the only state to elect a Democratic Agriculture Commissioner. [1]
  • What state has the highest percentage of schools in the top 1,000, as measured by enrollment?
California has the highest percentage of schools in the top 1,000.[2]
  • List four standing committees that are common to all 50 states.[3]
  1. Appropriations
  2. Health & Human Services
  3. Transportation
  4. Education


Notes

Internet research

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

  • Who is on the Board Of Supervisors for Mohave County, AZ? When were they elected? Provide answer in bullet points.
  • Gary Watson, District 1 Supervisor, Elected in 2012[1]
  • Hildy Angius, District 2 Supervisor, Elected January 2013. [2]
  • Buster Johnson, District 3 Supervisor, Elected January, 1997 [3]
  • Jean Bishop, District 4 Supervisor, Appointed June 2014.[4]
  • Steven Moss, District 5 Supervisor, Elected January, 2013.[5]

References

  1. Official Website of Mohave County Accessed July 14, 2014.
  2. Official Website of Mohave County Accessed July 14, 2014.
  3. Official Website of Mohave County Accessed July 14, 2014.
  4. Constable Chosen to Fill Vacant Mohave County Seat, Accessed July 14, 2014
  5. Official Website of Mohave County Accessed July 14, 2014.

Writing

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

  • Summarize the history and current status of Muneer Awad v. Paul Ziriax, Oklahoma State Board of Elections, et al

In November 2010, Oklahoma voters approved the Oklahoma "Sharia Law Amendment", State Question 755 (2010). The measure would strictly prohibit Oklahoma state courts from using or considering Sharia or international law in their decision-making. The Oklahoma State Legislature sponsored the bill, but acknowledged there had been no instances of courts applying any non-U.S. laws in their decisions. [1]. Muneer Awad,an American citizen and devout Muslim and executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), filed a lawsuit in federal district court, challenging the measure as a violation of his constitutional right to religious liberty.[2].

Mr. Awad claimed the amendment, if implemented, would cause multiple adverse consequences, such as stigmatizing him and other who practicing Muslims, disabling a court from probating his last will and testament (which contains references to Sharia law), limiting the relief Muslims can obtain from Oklahoma state courts, and fostering excessive entanglement between the government and his religion. [3]

Members of the state election board asked the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to review whether a federal district court abused its discretion when it granted a preliminary injunction to prevent the Board from certifying the result. The district court granted a temporary restraining order on November 9, 2010 and granted a preliminary injunction several weeks later. [4]

On January 10, 2012, the 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals struck down the measure, stating that the proposal violates the United States Constitution and held the ruling had simply singled out Muslims for discrimination. [5] The law never took effect.[6]

References

  1. American Civil Liberties Union,Muneer Awadv v. Paul Ziriax, Oklahoma State Board of Elections, et al,' accessed July 13, 2014
  2. American Civil Liberties Union,Muneer Awadv v. Paul Ziriax, Oklahoma State Board of Elections, et al,' accessed July 13, 2014
  3. Findlaw, 'Awad v. Ziriax', Accessed July 14, 2014.
  4. Justia, 'Awad v. Ziriax et al.', accessed July 14, 2014.
  5. ThinkProgress, BREAKING: 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals Declares Oklahoma’s Sharia Ban Unconstitutional, Accessed July 14, 2014.
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ACLU

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, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEdward "Juan" Lynum 39.2% 743
Green check mark transparent.pngRegina Hill 37.3% 707
Cynthia Rena Harris 23.5% 446
Total Votes 1,896
Source: City of Orlando.net

Copy-editing

Edit the paragraphs below to correct any errors.

edited version is below.

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

We provide complete coverage of the 100 U.S. senators and the 435 members of the House of Representatives. We also closely monitor all 7,334 state legislators as well as anyone of any party who challenges them in either a primary or general election. We also cover every state executive official from the governor, lieutenant governor and 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. Along with elected officials serving at all levels of government in our country, there are 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 are about to recieve from us and they probably won’t like it. The fight ahead won’t be pretty, but it's a vital and salutory part of cleaning up our political system.