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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Political Researcher

January 2021 - April 2021 Des Moines, IA
“I learned so much about national politics! In this internship, I kept an eye on multiple members of Congress by analyzing their press releases and entering them into Vote Smart's database. I got to learn about relevant issues (such as the pandemic), and how Congress is attempting to handle them. ”

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.”
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