SHARE THIS: Ballotpedia.org – For Immediate Re-Blogging, Re-Tweeting and Facebook Posting
Do you like to post your political opinions on Facebook?
Do you like to add your own political commentary to the Twitter-sphere?
Do you hate it when people do either of these things?
Have you had to delete many people from your feed because it’s an election year?
Are you a vocal supporter of President Obama or Governor Romney?
Well it’s highly likely (just in terms of the math) you live in a state that tends to vote one way or another.
“But Every vote counts!” You say… I’m not here to dispute that. But if you have the Electoral College blues then you are in luck because you most likely have several pages in your ballot of ‘Down Ticket’ measures and candidates. Most of us don’t know much about them because they generally aren’t covered by mainstream media. In many cases even the alternative media doesn’t cover this stuff in great detail.
BUT IT’S IMPORTANT. Most likely it will effect your life faster and more drastically than the outcome of the Presidential race.
So get informed. Check out BallotPedia. It’s a non-profit run Wiki site that specializes in information on ‘Down Ticket’ ballot measures and candidates organized by state.
I still personally cast my ballot in the state of California. My good friend, a steadfast Conservative Republican, always complains that he feels like his vote doesn’t count because he lives in a solid ‘Blue’ State. To my surprise he was not very informed about the many State and County measures that have an impact on everything from Education to Criminal prosecution of non-violent offenders like people with drug addictions all the way down to fixing the awful traffic in Los Angeles County.
Then do yourself a favor, and pass this link to a friend. Post it in your Facebook feed or on Twitter. Even those of us who tend to be very engaged in Politics aren’t aware of what else is on our ballots. I’m not ashamed to admit I’m one of them. I could talk to anyone for an hour in a non-partisan manner about electoral math, polls and policy but I had no idea what the entire story was behind California Measure 37 (a measure that requires the labeling of Genetically Modified Foods). Turns out, it’s an important measure for consumer awareness and doesn’t really cost the State anything, which is great because California is pretty broke.
Here’s the info from the Ballotpedia.org Website:
Ballotpedia cultivates thriving citizenship through the free and open sharing of information.
What we do
Ballotpedia is a free, collaborative, online encyclopedia about state politics, including elections, congress, state executive officials, state legislatures, recall elections, ballot measures (including ballot measure law, school bond and tax elections and local ballot measures). You can find a full list of projects here.
Ballotpedia’s staff and volunteers particularly focus on the so-called “down-ballot” candidates and ballot measures that typically receive less attention.
Ballotpedia is a wiki, which means anyone can improve it. By adding your knowledge and fixing mistakes, the quality and depth of Ballotpedia’s information improves over time.
Why we do it
We believe in the power of information to transform lives and politics, and we’re committed to making the most knowledge available to the greatest number of people. In addition to Ballotpedia, the Lucy Burns Institute hosts Judgepedia to collect information on our judiciary. The more informed we are as voters, the better our government becomes.
Ballotpedia isn’t a part of any political party and we don’t support candidates. We’re simply a community of users dedicated to fairness and openness in politics, on both sides of the aisle. Our users welcome responsible, knowledge-building contributions from anyone who wants to participate.
How it works
Ballotpedia was originally formed by the Citizens in Charge Foundation on May 30, 2007. In March of 2008, the Sam Adams Alliance became Ballotpedia’s sponsor, continuing their mission of using online media to promote access to government.
On July 1, 2009, the Lucy Burns Institute (LBI) became Ballotpedia’s official sponsor. LBI is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that helps keep things running with a small editorial staff and enough server power to meet the demands of our traffic. Ballotpedia has 243,985 articles and 7,515 registered users.
Ballotpedia relies on the financial generosity of our donors to continue our mission of providing free and open political information.