Project Vote Smart Moves to Des Moines

Dec 14, 2016

Project Vote Smart

One of the nation’s leading sources of nonpartisan political information is moving its headquarters to Drake University in Des Moines in January.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Drake University was one of many schools bidding to host Vote Smart.  It’s a national organization that employs mostly college interns to analyze political facts and people.  Founding board member Adelaide Kimball says the organization decided to move from its current location on a dude ranch in Montana because it was too expensive and they had to fight blizzards and wildfires.

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“The challenges of running a national research organization in the middle of the wilderness were greater than they should be.”

Kimball says Iowa is a great place politically because of its first in the nation presidential caucuses, and also because Drake University is offering first rate facilities.  For Siouxland Public Media, I’M Mary Hartnett.