• Why You Should Start Your Signature Gathering Effort Early

    May 23, 2022 by Ben Holse (he/him)

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    It Pays Off to Start Signature Gathering in Advance 

    For groups and organizations that are interested in getting a measure on the ballot, signature gathering can be a costly, time-intensive, and pain-staking affair. You’ll need to raise the money to pay an expensive field consultant to manage the process for you. There’s a steady unease about hitting your numbers, and all of this is compounded with the stress of knowing that the success of your effort hangs in the balance. 

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  • 7 Questions with Ballot Initiative Expert, Lewis Granofsky

    Jul 17, 2019

    7 Questions with Lewis Granofsky

    7 Questions with Lewis Granofsky, Partner at FieldWorks on Ballot Measures and Ballot Campaigns

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  • Ballot Measures | Go or No-Go Decisions

    Apr 25, 2019 by The Campaign Workshop

    Ballot measure decisions : Three paper airplanes flying in different directions. Two are black and one is neon yellow.

    Ballot Measure:  Deciding To Go On the Ballot- Go Or No-Go

    In today’s political climate of political partisanship and mistrust, constituents are turning to ballot measures process to bypass traditional government controls to pass legislation.

    Take some of the most notable ballot measures of recent years:

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  • Ballot Measure Polling

    Apr 11, 2019 by Claire Regan

    Ballot measure Polling  - pen checking off box in a row of  black square boxes

    Ballot Measure Polling - Can Help You Win

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  • Why Ballot Language Matters

    Jan 02, 2017 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

    Why Ballot Language Matters

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    Ballot language for ballot initiatives matters more than anything else but don't take our word for it. It has long been said that ballot measure language can be the difference between winning and losing. Here are some basics on ballot measure wording and how it can make or break your measure:

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  • Progressive Campaigns Need to Take Risks in 2016

    Feb 16, 2015 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

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  • BISC: The Future of Ballot Initiatives: Road Ahead

    Feb 12, 2015 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

    ballot initiatives

    Say Yes to Proactive Ballot Initiatives

    As someone who has been working on ballot initiatives for many years, the phrase “ballot initiatives of the future” makes me cringe. Ballot initiatives, for a long time, have put progressives on the defense, and many believe that future ballot initiatives only reveal a similarly bleak picture. Yes, there are a few notable exceptions (minimum wage, marijuana, and campaign finance) but for the most part, progressives have consistently played catch-up when it comes to ballot initiatives. As we attend BISC's Road Ahead conference I am reminded of how often ballot measures have been used as a means of advancing divisive, conservative issues.

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  • Qualifying a Ballot Measure

    Jan 02, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

    Qualifying a Ballot Measure

    Qualifying a Ballot Measure Is Not Easy

    Sometimes the most difficult part of a ballot measure campaign is qualifying a ballot measure for the the ballot. Advocacy and political organizations alike have long used the ballot measure (or referendum, question, initiative, etc., depending on where you’re from) as a tool to advance their mission. It’s a way to get the public involved with your issue, and to show widespread support if successful. We’ve seen plenty of them here, from raising the tobacco tax to marriage equality and while the content of the initiatives differ, they all have one thing in common: they have to qualify.  Here are 7 tips on qualifying a ballot measure:

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  • Big Ballot Initiative Win for Cincinnati Retirees and Labor!

    Nov 15, 2013 by The Campaign Workshop

    Big ballot initiative win for Cincinnati Retirees and Labor

    Tea Party Loses Big on Cincinnati Ballot Initiative

    I’m sure it’s no surprise to any of you that last Tuesday Terry McAuliffe won the Gubernatorial election in Virginia – though the Attorney General race is still too close to officially call – and Chris Christie easily won re-election in New Jersey. It also likely doesn’t come as a surprise that Bill de Blasio wrapped up a big victory in his election as Mayor of New York City and that Marty Walsh, a former Labor organizer, and current State Representative, won in the first open race for Mayor of Boston in over twenty years. But, I’m guessing not as many people were paying attention to the various ballot initiatives around the country, including the Tea Party-backed Question 4 in Cincinnati that looked to overhaul (read: destroy) the public pension system in the city.

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