Richard Kimball, president of the non-partisan Project Vote Smart organization, will give a presentation about the organization and its Voter’s Self-Defense System Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305 on the Black Hills State University campus.

 A frequent speaker at campuses across the country and for other prominent organizations, like the National Press Club, Kimball will discuss how voters can find information on political candidates and important political issues. Kimball will also be available to answer questions after his presentation.

Project Vote Smart was founded to give citizens a chance to be informed. For the past 20 years, this non-profit organization has tracked candidates’ and elected officials’ records, providing information without political spin. More recently the organization created the Voter’s Self-Defense System, which enables every citizen to access instantly the backgrounds, voting records, issue positions, performance evaluations and campaign finance records of every candidate from state legislators to presidential candidates.

Before helping to organize Project Vote Smart, Kimball worked for Walter Mondale, served in the Arizona State Senate, chaired the Arizona Corporation Commission and unsuccessfully competed against John McCain for a Senate seat in 1986. Since 1988 he has served as the president of Project Vote Smart.

The event, which is sponsored by the Chiesman Foundation for the Promotion of Democracy, is open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact Dr. David Wolff, BHSU associate professor of history, at 642-6221 or DavidWolff@BHSU.edu.