The Lucy Burns Institute (LBI) is an American nonprofit, nonpartisan[8][9] educational organization. Founded in 2006, LBI publishes Ballotpedia, an online wiki-style encyclopedia about the U.S. political and judicial systems.[10][12][13] The organization reported revenue of just over $3 million in 2014.[7]

Organization

LBI was founded in December 2006 by the group's current president, Leslie Graves.[5][4][4] The group is named after Lucy Burns, co-founder of the National Woman's Party.[16] The group is headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin.

LBI publishes Ballotpedia, an encyclopedia about American politics and elections.[4] It covers the U.S. Congress, state executive officials, state legislatures, ballot measures, recall elections, school board elections, candidate ballot access, public policy, municipal government, and the federal and state judiciaries.[16][4] Ballotpedia has been referenced in Politico,[4] the Washington Times,[4] the Wall Street Journal,[4] the Washington Post,[4] the Chicago Tribune,[12] the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,[4] and Bloomberg Businessweek.[24]

The Wall Street Journal described Ballotpedia as "a nonpartisan organization that collects election data."[25] According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Ballotpedia publishes "nonprofit wiki encyclopedias that use nonpartisan collaboration to gather political info for sharing."[26] The Las Vegas Review-Journal described LBI as "a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that promotes education about local government."[27]

Projects

In 2012, LBI published a study analyzing the quality of official state voter guides based on six criteria. According to the study, only nine states were rated “excellent” or “very good," while 24 states received a “fair” or “poor” rating.[8]

In May 2014, the Center for American Progress used Ballotpedia data to analyze the immigration policy stances of Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives.[28]