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The Voter’s Speakeasy featuring unbiased reporting and insight into life at Project Vote Smart from our staff, interns, and volunteers.

A message from Richard Kimball, President

2012 January 31

Tens of thousands of Americans have put their effort, their support, even their reputation into building Project Vote Smart and as a result, it has won every award imaginable. However, because of the mess politicians have steered us into, it is clear there are still so many Americans unaware of our work to change this country’s course.

I’m not asking you for a donation. What I am asking for is something far easier and more influential. I am hopeful that with a push from our board, our members, our volunteers, and lastly, from the millions of citizens who have simply used our resources, we will be able to turn the corner and really reach our fellow Americans.

What I’m asking is that you watch, and then forward this message and video to your entire email list, or, at the very least, a dozen friends or colleagues who you know would be interested in helping us change our country’s future if they only knew what is being built here at Vote Smart.

The Founding Fathers’ greatest fear was that in the end, people would simply form factions, and rather than fight for the common good, they would form selfish interests and fight over the gifts they could vote themselves from the public treasury. That day has come, and without what we have built at Vote Smart, reason and civility can not regain the advantage.

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GOP field narrowing, but are candidates really gone?

2012 January 20

The South Carolina Republican Presidential Preference Primary is scheduled for Saturday, January, 21st and while in most of our minds there are only four candidates still vying for the GOP nomination, one look at the ballot will tell a slightly different story. 

Where it all began

2012 January 11

It was unclear what might be done to ensure that citizens had at least one independent source to easily acquire accurate information, but what we eventually decided upon remains the heart of Project Vote Smart today.

Oregon major party candidates lacking political courage

2012 January 09

We released the 2012 Political Courage Test results today for Oregon's special election showing neither major party congressional candidate running for the state's 1st Congressional District seat was willing to answer even the most basic issue-related questions addressed inside the Test.

Iowa has spoken

2012 January 05

As expected, the Iowa Caucus, the first nominating contest of the 2012 election season, proved to shake things up inside the GOP race.

Can a sweater do that?

2011 December 15

Give a gift membership to Vote Smart and help us keep our politicians honest – can a sweater do that?

Testing Oregon CD-1 candidates' political courage

2011 December 12

Special elections typically are a result of unusual circumstances, scandal, or tragedy, and the race for Oregon's 1st Congressional district is no exception. 

Is pizza a vegetable?

2011 December 08

"...an increase in the amount of tomato paste required for the paste to be considered a serving of vegetables." Do you agree? 

Redistricting: The 10-year shake up

2011 December 07

There is one issue that only pops up every decade with noticeable consequences, and that issue is redistricting.

That's strong stuff

2011 November 30

University of Southern California student, and current intern, David Hernandez discusses his experience working as a part of our research team. 

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