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Web address
Slogan An interactive almanac of U.S. politics.
Commercial? No
Type of site Wiki
Registration Required for editing
Available in English
Users 10,630[1]
Owner Lucy Burns Institute
Editor Bailey Ludlam[2]
Launched May 30, 2007 (2007-05-30)
Alexa rank positive decrease 5,830 (November 2014)[3]
Current status Active

Ballotpedia is a nonpartisan[4][5] political website.[6][7] Published in a Madison, Wisconsin. As of 2014, Ballotpedia employees 34 writers and researchers.[9]


Ballotpedia's stated purpose is "to connect people to politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at the local, state, and federal level."[14] The website "provides information on initiative supporters and opponents, financial reports, litigation news, status updates, poll numbers, and more."[15] It is a "community-contributed web site, modeled after WorldHeritage" and "contains volumes of information about initiatives, referenda, and recalls."[16]

In 2008, InfoWorld called Ballotpedia one of the "Top 20 Election Day Web sites and online tools."[17]

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, "Ballotpedia is a nonprofit wiki encyclopedia that uses nonpartisan collaboration to gather political info for sharing."[18]


Ballotpedia was founded by the Citizens In Charge Foundation in 2007.[19] Ballotpedia was sponsored by the Sam Adams Alliance in 2008, along with Judgepedia and Sunshine Review. In 2009, sponsorship of Ballotpedia was transferred to the Lucy Burns Institute, "a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that promotes education about local government."[19][20]

On July 9, 2013, Sunshine Review was acquired by the Lucy Burns Institute and merged into Ballotpedia.[21]

See also


  1. ^ "About Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  2. ^ "Ballotpedia:Bailey Ludlam". Ballotpedia. Lucy Burns Institute. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  3. ^ " Site Info".  
  4. ^ Heinlein, Gary (October 9, 2014). "Peters tries to paint moderate image". Detroit News. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Sanders, Rebekah (July 1, 2014). "Arizona's District 7 hopefuls discuss voter turnout". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Seib, Gerald (2013-09-24). "How to Understand House Republicans". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Vlahos, Kelley (October 27, 2014). "Weed, booze and bears: Ballot questions compete with candidates for voters’ attention". Fox News. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Reid; Chokshi, Niraj (August 27, 2014). "Ballot initiatives become pricey playgrounds of parties and corporations". GovBeat (The Washington Post). Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Darnay, Keith (November 3, 2014). "Find election info at the last minute". Bismarck Tribune. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Chokshi, Niraj (September 9, 2014). "Tuesday is the last day of the state legislative primary season". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Wisniewski, Mary; Hendee, David (January 24, 2011). "Omaha mayoral recall vote part of angry voter trend". Reuters. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Dewan, Shaila (November 5, 2014). "Higher Minimum Wage Passes in 4 States; Florida Defeats Marijuana Measure". New York Times. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Morones, Alyssa (2013-08-22). "Ballotpedia Launches 'WorldHeritage' for School Board Elections". Education Week. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ballotpedia:About". Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  15. ^ Davis, Gene (August 6, 2008). "Denver’s got issues: Ballot issues & you can learn more at".  
  16. ^ Lawrence, David G. (2009). California: The Politics of Diversity.  
  17. ^ Raphael, JR (November 3, 2008). "Top 20 Election Day Web sites and online tools: The best resources -- everything from widgets to mobile alerts -- to take you through the election's end".  
  18. ^ McGraw, Carol (2013-10-14). "Amendment 66 deemed a big issue nationally". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Roberts, Joni; Drost, Carol; Hoover, Steven. "Ballotpedia Internet Review". Association of College & Research Libraries. American Library Association. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  20. ^ Spillman, Benjamin (2013-07-29). "Cost to appeal Las Vegas Planning Commission decision called prohibitive". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  21. ^

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