FAQs

What Does LBI Do?

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 project, Ballotpedia, the digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections.

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?

Our staff works remotely from home offices across the United States. To learn more about who we are and where we’re from, see our full list of employees here.

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 interactive encyclopedia, Ballotpedia. 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
  • Todd Graves

Can I trust the content in your articles?

Absolutely. Ballotpedia’s articles are 100 percent written by our professional staff. We thoroughly vet and carefully curate all information we publish, aggregating from news and government sources, down to the most obscure public record.

If you do spot an error in one of our articles, please e-mail us at  or use this form.

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 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 around 50 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.