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. Conor Dowling
Associate Professor - University of Mississippi

Dr. Tom Lansford
Assistant Professor of Political Science - University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast

Dr. Rick Travis
Professor - Mississippi State University

Dr. Jon Winburn
Assistant Professor - University of Mississippi