Vote Smart

About Vote Smart

Vote Smart (a non-profit), founded by Presidents Carter, Ford and other national leaders, is a national research center that collects and distributes factual information on over 40,000 political leaders. According to U.S. News and World Report, "Project Vote Smart would make the Founders weep with joy." Vote Smart's mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.

Vote Smart offers resources online at Users can search our database of over 40,000 candidates and find their "political soulmate" using VoteEasy. We also offer a toll-free hotline and a hard copy resource, the Voter's Self-Defense Manual.

Nonprofit and nonpartisan, we are headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa: the Heart of America and at the heart of the American Political system.

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Government Affairs Research Intern

June 2020 - September 2020 Des Moines, IA
“I learned a lot about the legislative process throughout all 50 states, and learned how to read bills no matter how dense they are.”

Key Votes Intern

May 2019 - August 2019 Des Moines, IA
“I really enjoyed the work environment. Staff were very supportive and helped through each step of the training, and gave very useful tips and corrections for my writing or data entry. It's a good place to work in the summer if you have any interest in politics or public policy. The skills gained are useful for future work in an office or research environment.”
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