BallotReady Data Tiers: Position and Candidate Research

BallotReady organizes position and candidate research into four Tiers: (1) Federal, (2) State, (3) County & Municipal, and (4) Small Town, Township & School Board.

 

BallotReady Data Tiers are ordered based on the impact of a given race, and the level of resources required to produce accurate data. For every election we cover, we make the first three Tiers of data available by default: Federal, State, and County & Municipal. 

 

For organizations with a more specific local focus, we sometimes cover positions and candidates in the Small Town, Township, & School Board Tier, as well as the corresponding Judicial positions and candidates in each Tier. Additional hyper-local research is available on an ad-hoc basis. If you’re interested in extending your coverage to include these categories, please reach out to your Customer Success lead. 


Available by Default:

Federal Tier:

  • All elected Federal positions and candidates

Examples Include: U.S. President, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator


State Tier: 

  • All elected State Executive, State Legislative, and State Board positions and candidates

Examples Include: Governor, State Treasurer, State Natural Resources Board, State Senate, State House of Representatives, State Board of Education, Attorney General, Secretary of State


County & Municipal Tier: 

  • All elected County Executive and County Legislative positions and candidates
  • Municipal Executive and Legislative positions and candidates elected in cities with a population greater than 50,000 as of the 2020 census. 

Examples Include: County Commissioner, County Executive, Mayor, City Council, City Clerk

County & Municipal Tier Does Not Include: City Water Commissioner, County Safety Board, City Streets and Parks Board    

 

Available on an Ad-Hoc Basis: 

Small Town, Township, & School Board Tier: 

  • Municipal Executive and Legislative positions and candidates elected within counties with a population greater than 50,000 as of the 2020 census
  • Township Executive and Legislative positions and candidates elected within counties with a population greater than 50,000 as of the 2020 census
  • School Board positions and candidates elected within counties with a population greater than 50,000 as of the 2020 census

For states with less than 5 counties with population above 50,000, BallotReady will cover all applicable positions and candidates elected within the top 5 most populous counties. For states without county governments (RI and CT), BallotReady will cover all applicable positions and candidates elected within the top 5 most populous cities. 


Examples Include: Township Mayor, Township Trustee, Township Supervisor, School Board, Township Clerk, Township Treasurer

Small Town, Township, & School Board Tier Does Not Include: Hospital District Board, City Water and Sewer Commission, City Public Works Commissioner, Township Parks Commissioner, Township Library Board


Judicial Add-On: 

Judicial position and candidate coverage is available as an add-on option for each Tier and could include the following categories, depending on the corresponding Tiers covered.

  • State: All State and Regional Judicial positions and candidates

Examples: State Supreme Court, State Appellate Court, District Attorney, Circuit Court Judge

  • County & Municipal: Municipal Judicial positions and candidates elected within counties with a population greater than 50,000 as of the 2020 census

Examples: County Court Judge, Municipal Court Judge, County Court Magistrate

  • Township: Township Judicial positions and candidates elected within counties with a population greater than 50,000 as of the 2020 census

Examples: Local Court Judge, Justice of the Peace (Judicial)


If you have questions about BallotReady Data Tiers or want to expand your coverage, please reach out to your Customer Success lead. 

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