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Political Ignorance as a Preference
Oct. 7, 2016, 3 p.m.

 Voting smart can require enormous effort or minimal effort, but to vote smart takes effort.


2014 National PCT Results Released
Oct. 29, 2014, 2:59 p.m.

Preferring to protect themselves from opposition research, only 20% of the 1282 candidates for Congress were willing to provide voters or media with direct answers to the issue questions on Vote Smart’s National Political Courage Test.

October Common Ground E-Newsletter
Oct. 22, 2014, 6:23 p.m.

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September Common Ground E-Newsletter
Sept. 26, 2014, 7:52 p.m.

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Revolutionizing Transparency in Government through Technology
Sept. 15, 2014, 8:17 p.m.

Today, Vote Smart announces the unveiling of its powerful new tools that provide every citizen interactive, instant access to the facts on any politician, on any issue, at any time.

Three Prominent Elections Experts Join Vote Smart Board
Sept. 9, 2014, 9:10 p.m.

Three prominent political research experts, Brooks Jackson, Ted McConnell, and Sheila Krumholz, have joined the board of Vote Smart (, the leading non-partisan national research organization focused on politicians and elections.

Vote Smart Magic is Almost Here!
Aug. 8, 2014, 9:47 p.m.

We are only a few weeks away from announcing the biggest event in Vote Smart history.  It will transform the way you use our data and the way you view candidates and elections in the future. 


Kimball - Vote Smart Members' Report
Dec. 12, 2012, 11:36 p.m.

November Common Ground E-Newsletter
Nov. 21, 2012, 7:14 p.m.

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Common Ground E-Newsletter, February
Feb. 7, 2012, 4:38 p.m.

A message from Richard Kimball, President
Jan. 31, 2012, 6:59 p.m.

It's time for every thinking American to saddle up and fight for that most precious component in our struggle to self govern, our right to know.

Where it all began
Jan. 11, 2012, 9:57 p.m.

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.


Louisiana Candidates Lack Courage
Oct. 19, 2011, 6 a.m.


The Selfish vs. The Irresponsible
March 2, 2010, 11:43 p.m.


Letter to our Members
Aug. 26, 2009, 3:50 a.m.


Past, Present, and Future
July 8, 2008, 5:03 a.m.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
July 1, 2008, 2:50 a.m.


Blogging from the Bus 10/26
Oct. 27, 2007, 7 a.m.

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