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Project Vote Smart

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Education, Voter Education & Registration, Voting Rights

Mission: Project Vote Smart is dedicated to providing voters with the essential information to self-govern effectively. Because a knowledgeable electorate is the strongest component of a functioning democracy, our organization strives to provide free, non-biased, in-depth, and accurate information about current officials, candidates, issues, legislation, and voting.

Geographic areas served: United States - Nationally

Programs: VoteEasy: Check out the award-winning interactive tool found at www.voteeasy.org. The Political Courage Test: See how we challenge the candidates to tell voters where they stand on the issues.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Easy, comprehensive place to get information on elected officials. I no longer have to search through difficult websites via the government. I can see votes by all members of congress and legislature while also effectively sizing up my own local candidates. I don't know of any other means to have this sort of information so readily at my fingertips.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was referred to the votesmart.org some time ago and it has become the 'bible' for my understanding the issues, researching articles and speeches, and finally which representative best represents my views. Great site, very easy to use, and the only one I can find that provides facts in a non-partisan way.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wake up, people, wake up! Our mass media is not telling us how our representatives voted and on what. 30 years ago, I learned of the bipartisan Votesmart.org and started to support them after learning what they had/have to offer. Call 1888 VOTE-SMART to ask an intern your candidate question: their interns have been spending countless hours researching... You can also quickly find the answers you seek at VoteSmart.org's web site, where not only are 17 representative bills detailed with the Y/N votes indicated for your reps, but also 0-100% focus group ratings. Answer 13 simple questions in "VoteEasy" to watch the candidates that agree with you come forward or recede with representative percentages. Donate $10 and they will send you their biannual Voter's Self-Defense Manual rag listing the whole country's info. Check out their **** rating at the philanthropic accountability web site, CharityNavigator.org and donate, go intern yourself, tell ten people today. Voting is not a Democracy Sport.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm an intern at Vote Smart and I can personally attest to the fact that we operate under strict non-partisanship. The work done here is done with great care and love for our country. The people who work here honestly care about citizen's rights to know their politicians, no matter what they believe. It's a wonderful thing to see so many people working so hard for the greater good.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the greatest pleasure working with Project Vote Smart. The people here are dedicated to their work, which is to spread the facts about politicians. I would encourage you to visit their website http://votesmart.org to find information about your candidate's public statements, interest group ratings, campaign contributions, and issue positions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vote Smart is an amazing organization that provides a much needed service to the public!

1 Ashley171

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I decided to work for Vote Smart because of its mission. There are Conservatives and Liberals everywhere that believe in us and believe that the facts ARE important. It keeps me from feeling defeated by the current political climate and is a constant reminder of why I choose to contribute to the organization. The culture of the organization is unlike any non profit I've ever worked for. People ages 18 to 87 come and work together at our beautiful Montana ranch for the common goal to strengthen democracy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vote Smart efficiently spends it's time and money to get accurate non-partisan information on all levels of government. The staff, although young, has the drive to make a difference in today's turbulent political climate, presenting the raw facts to voters instead of presenting information with a hidden agenda.

Curran C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Vote Smart is great cause and a fun place to work. The staff and interns work hard to make sure the voting public stays informed and up to date.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Vote Smart provides unbiased information on political candidates to Americans - this is much needed during this terrible election season! The organization does a great job of communicating with donors and provide an invaluable resource to voters, something that no other non-profit does as accurately.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Vote smart is saving democracy, one person at a time! They provide purely factual and non-partisan political information, so anyone can look up the right answers to any political questions they may have.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Project Vote Smart is an excellent resource for voter information on candidates running for and currently in office. It's ability to remain non-partisan is probably the most important aspect of this organization due to the mud slinging that you see in modern American politics today.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Votesmart is a great non-profit that is providing numerous amounts of information about the political system to everyday citizens who might not otherwise have the information available to them. The work we do is very important and takes lots of time and dedication. All the staff members work together to provide the best information possible while taken a vow of non-partisanship. Its all about the facts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I once wrote to Project Vote Smart asking about a rating they had received from an organization that rates charities. The head of the project wrote me a long letter with a great explanation about how they don't easily fit into the rating categories and I am now a donor for life. They do amazing work on a shoestring budget, and manage to stay neutral while reporting facts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization because they provide clear evidence about what exactly our leaders have accomplished. I am thankful for unbiased reporting without all the noise.

1 Joyce18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Project VoteSmart off and on for more than twenty years. The new VoteEasy feature is a kick! I am so impressed with all this organization offers in clear, non-partisan information. Recently I set up a display in my church's lobby (as long as it is non-partisan, it is legal) and also liked the website on Facebook. Project VoteSmart has always been a reliable source of information for me on candidates and issues, bills in Congress....so much easier to track than any other resource!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a marvelous, top notch organization. They accomplish a lot with very little.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I stumbled on this organization several years ago and have loved it ever since. I can access factual information about a candidate quickly from my computer anytime and it is current. On a vacation I visited the Montana headquarters and saw for myself the assorted young (and old) folks doing the research. They scrupulously check their personal views at the door and provide a service I have not found anywhere else. Sally Stanton

Gary13

Donor

Rating: 5

With a crazy election process such as this one is turning out be, it is good to know Project Vote Smart is there to clear the confusion.

1 Cape Tippett

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have found that Project Vote Smart does a remarkable job of providing information on candidates, parties, issues, and everything election-relation that I need/want. I usually start with Project Vote Smart for researching voting related info, and branch out from there as needed.