Ballot Access Laws
Sept. 20, 2016, 5 p.m.
How did these candidates get on the ballot? Why are they in particular on the ballot, while others who may have been running don’t appear? For that matter, how do the candidates of the two major parties get on the ballot? The answers to these questions depend on your state’s ballot access laws.
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.
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 (VoteSmart.org), 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.
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.
GOP field narrowing, but are candidates really gone?
Jan. 20, 2012, 5:49 p.m.
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
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.