11 Facts About Ballotpedia


Ballotpedia is a nonprofit and nonpartisan online political encyclopedia that covers federal, state, and local politics, elections, and public policy in the United States.

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Ballotpedia is sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Middleton, Wisconsin.

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Originally a collaboratively edited wiki, Ballotpedia is written and edited entirely by a paid professional staff.

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Ballotpedia is sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

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Ballotpedia was founded by the Citizens in Charge Foundation in 2007.

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Ballotpedia was sponsored by the Sam Adams Alliance in 2008, along with Judgepedia and Sunshine Review.

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In May 2018, in response to scrutiny over the misuse of Twitter by those seeking to maliciously influence elections, Twitter announced that it would partner with Ballotpedia to add special labels verifying the authenticity of political candidates running for election in the US.

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In 2012, Ballotpedia authored a study analyzing the quality of official state voter guides based on six criteria.

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Ballotpedia has highlighted the complex language used in various US ballot measures.

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In 2015, Harvard University visiting scholar Carl Klarner conducted a study for Ballotpedia which found that state legislative elections have become less competitive over time, with 2014's elections being the least competitive elections in the past 40 years.

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Ballotpedia found that in 2020, fewer state legislative incumbents lost general election seats than in any other year in the past decade, although incumbents were more vulnerable in primary elections in any year since 2012.

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