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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 9,028[1]
Owner Lucy Burns Institute
Editor Leslie Graves
Launched May 30, 2007; 7 years ago (2007-05-30)
Alexa rank positive decrease 24,208 (July 2014)[2]
Current status Active

Ballotpedia is an online wiki-style encyclopedia about American politics. It covers U.S. Congress, state executive officials, state legislatures, recall elections, state and local ballot measures, and school board elections.[3] Ballotpedia and its sister site Judgepedia are both sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin. The Wall Street Journal described Ballotpedia as "a nonpartisan organization that collects election data."[4]


Ballotpedia's purpose is to cultivate a "thriving citizenship through the free and open sharing of information."[5] The website "provides information on initiative supporters and opponents, financial reports, litigation news, status updates, poll numbers, and more."[6] It is a "community-contributed web site, modeled after Wikipedia" and "contains volumes of information about initiatives, referenda, and recalls."[7]

In 2008, InfoWorld called Ballotpedia one of the "Top 20 Election Day Web sites and online tools."[8]

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, "Ballotpedia is a nonprofit wiki encyclopedia that uses nonpartisan collaboration to gather political info for sharing."[9]


Ballotpedia was founded by the Sam Adams Alliance in 2007, 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."[10]

On July 9, 2013, Sunshine Review was acquired by the Lucy Burns Institute and merged into Ballotpedia.[11]

In the news[edit]

Ballotpedia's work has been mentioned in the Washington Post,[12] the Wall Street Journal,[13] and Politico.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2014-7-15. 
  2. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  3. ^ Morones, Alyssa (2013-08-22). "Ballotpedia Launches 'Wikipedia' for School Board Elections". Education Week. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Seib, Gerald (2013-09-24). "How to Understand House Republicans". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Ballotpedia:About
  6. ^ Davis, Gene (August 6, 2008). "Denver’s got issues: Ballot issues & you can learn more at". Denver Daily News (Denver). Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ Lawrence, David G. (2009). California: The Politics of Diversity. Stamford, Connecticut: Cengage Learning. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-495-57097-4. 
  8. ^ 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". InfoWorld. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Amendment 66 deemed a big issue nationally". Colorado Springs Gazette. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Spillman, Benjamin (2013-07-29). "Cost to appeal Las Vegas Planning Commission decision called prohibitive". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
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  12. ^ Simon, Jeff (2-3-2014). "Lost your bid to be an ‘American Idol’? Try Congress. It’s easier.". Washington Post. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Moore, Stephen (11-5-2013). "Ten Election Day Ballot Measures". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Mahtesian, Charles (2012-08-08). "A rough night for incumbents". Politico. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 

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