Barbara Smith Warner

Executive Director

Barbara Smith Warner leads the National Vote at Home Institute’s education, research, advocacy, and partnership efforts to increase voters’ access to, use of, and confidence in getting their ballots delivered to them through the United States Postal Service to boost citizen engagement and voter turnout.

Smith Warner was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2014, where she served nine years, including as House Majority Leader from 2019 to 2022. In addition to strengthening Oregon’s pioneering “Vote at Home” election system, she co-led the 2015 passage of Automatic Voter Registration, Oregon’s first-in-the-nation democracy reform.

Before her legislative service, Smith Warner’s experience included field representative work for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and strategic organizing, legislative, and political education work for the AFL-CIO and the National Association of Letter Carriers.