FAQs

What Does LBI Do?

A Message from the President

The following video is a brief introduction to the Lucy Burns Institute by Leslie Graves, LBI’s president. We invite you to take a moment to become better acquainted with our vision and mission by watching this video. Also, it’s a great place to get your questions answered about our flagship projects, Ballotpedia.org and Judgepedia.org. Enjoy!

Who was Lucy Burns?

Lucy Burns (1879-1966) was an American suffragist born to an Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn, New York. LEARN MORE

Where are you located?

The office of the Lucy Burns Institute is in Madison, Wisconsin. Many of our staffers work remotely from about 20 different states.

When did the Lucy Burns Institute come into existence?

The Lucy Burns Institute was incorporated as a non-profit in December of 2006.

What services does the Lucy Burns Institute offer?

The Lucy Burns Institute connects people to politics through its three primary projects: Ballotpedia, Judgepedia, and Policypedia. We provide accurate and comprehensive information that allows citizens of all walks of life — from journalists and bloggers to business owners, teachers, and families — to make decisions about politics that are more closely aligned with their own beliefs.

We offer robust coverage of news at all levels of government that sets the industry standard for accuracy, timeliness, and neutrality. Our expert writers and researchers are available for interviews on a wide variety of topics. To request an interview, please fill out this form.

Why do you do what you do?

We believe in the power of information to transform lives and politics, and we never want a lack of information to be a barrier to civic participation. The internet provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to reach people all over the country and the world with easily accessible, relevant facts about all levels of government. We are working to make the most knowledge available to the greatest number of people in the hopes that, armed with this information, citizens will become more engaged in the political process. We want people to use the information we provide to take a more active role in government, whether by sharing their new-found knowledge with friends and family, placing an initiative on their local ballot or simply casting a vote on Election Day with the confidence of knowing what, exactly, that vote means.

 

Who is on your Board of Directors?

  • Mike Barnhart (Chair)
  • Tim Dunn
  • Dan Liljenquist
  • Jack McHugh

Can I trust the content in your articles?

Absolutely. Our articles are collaboratively written by staff and volunteers, and every edit is carefully evaluated for accuracy, neutral point of view, and relevance. As more users register and edit our pages, the depth and breadth of our content steadily improves and grows overtime.

If you do spot an error in one of our articles, please e-mail info@lucyburns.org or create your own user account to make the corrections yourself. If you need help learning how to make edits, Ballotpedia’s tutorial will walk you through everything you need to know.

How can I schedule an interview with one of your elections experts?

To request an interview, please fill out this form, which can also be found in the “For the Media” portion of the website.

How can I volunteer?

We’re always looking for volunteer editors and writers. If you’re interested, you can either fill out this form or check out Ballotpedia’s Monthly Collaboration page to see what our volunteer focus is for the month.

How do I apply for a job?

All available positions, with instructions on how to apply, are listed here.

How many people work at the Lucy Burns Institute?

The Lucy Burns Institute has a staff of 60 people. You can access an up-to-date list here. If you’re looking for job opportunities, we have all of the positions we’re currently hiring for listed here.

What if I want to partner with the Lucy Burns Institute?

If you would like to partner or collaborate with us, please submit the form found here.