About us

Who are we?

smartvote Australia is a project of The Australian National University. The platform is an adapted version of smartvote, a so-called VAA (Voting Advice Application) that was first developed in Switzerland in 2003 and continues to be operated by the politically neutral, non-profit organisation Politools.

Australian National University

  • Professor Patrick Dumont
  • Professor Ian McAllister
  • Dr Jill SheppardLecturer
  • Mark KennySenior fellow
  • Dr Marija Taflaga Lecturer
  • Dr Shawn TreierSenior Lecturer
  • Feodor SnagovskyPhD Student
  • Bermond ScogginsPhD Student
  • Matt BowesResearch Assistant
  • Emily DownieCommunications Administrator

The School of Politics and International Relations is the leading department in Australia according to the Excellence in Research assessments since 2010, and ranks internationally among the 10 world best (QS ranking). It produces path-breaking work on political parties, public administration, trade unions, pressure groups, elections and political behaviour. It fields the Australian Election Study at the occasion of federal elections since 1987.

The School of Politics and International Relations is located at the Australian National University, a world-leading university in Australia’s capital, Canberra.


  • Robin Bartlett RissiProject Manager
  • Jan FivazFounder
  • Daniel SchwarzFounder
  • Albert WaaijenbergWeb Design

smartvote is a Swiss Voting Advice Application (VAA) developed and run by the politically neutral, non-profit organization Politools. Politools is an interdisciplinary scientific network located in Bern, Switzerland, which operates internet-based projects to promote civic education, political transparency as well as politicial analysis. Since 2003, smartvote has informed voters in over 200 elections throughout Switzerland and Europe.


  • Cédric Reginster
  • Johannes Lötscher
  • Matthias Flückiger

An information technology company based in Bern, Switzerland, soom-it focuses on the conception, architecture and development of sophisticated custom-made software and web applications. As the main IT partner, soom-it has supported the development of the smartvote web platform since 2014.