Vote Smart cultivates a network of advisors who inform and substantiate the organization's work. Our advisors are leading experts in political research and journalism, and are from all across the political spectrum. Together, they review every key vote selection, every bill summary, and every question presented to candidates through the Political Courage Test to ensure absolute nonpartisanship, relevance, clarity, and accuracy.


Dr. James Brent
Professor and Chair - San Jose State University

Dr. Thad Kousser
Associate Professor of Political Science - University of California at San Diego

Mr. Al Wagner
Director, Center for Kern Political Education - Bakersfield College

Dr. Kevin Wallsten
Assistant Professor - California State University at Long Beach