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.


Mr. Dave Bangert
Editorial Page Editor - Journal and Courier

Dr. William Bianco
Professor - Indiana University

Dr. Andrew Downs
Director, Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics - Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Dr. Margie Hershey
Professor - University of Indiana at Bloomington

Dr. Chad Tew
Associate Professor - University of Southern Indiana