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. Scott Ainsworth
Professor - University of Georgia

Dr. Scott Buchanan
Professor of Political Science - Georgia College

Dr. Robert Howard
Professor - Georgia State University

Dr. Jeffery Lazarus
Associate Professor - Georgia State University

Dr. Beth Reingold
Associate Professor - Emory Univeresity

Dr. Sharon Tracy
Professor - Georgia Southern University