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. Jeffrey Ashley
Department Chair - Eastern Illinois University

Dr. Keith Boeckelman
Professor - Western Illinois University

Dr. Kelly LeRoux
Assistant Professor of Political Science - University of Illinois - Chicago

Mr. John Morris
Instructor of Political Science - Eastern Illinois University

Dr. Richard Wandling
Professor of Political Science - Eastern Illinois University

Mr. Jeff Williams
Station Manager and News & Public Affairs Director - WSIU Public Broadcasting