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FBI Investigation of Georgia Election Systems Breach Necessitates Use of Paper Ballots for Upcoming Congressional Special Election

March 14, 2017

Common Cause is urging Georgia election officials to use paper ballots to safeguard the integrity of next month’s congressional special election in light of the cyberattack on Kennesaw State University Elections Center. In a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Common Cause emphasized the need to use both paper ballots and paper poll books.

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Common Cause Georgia Urges Governor Deal to Extend Voter Registration Deadline in Anticipation of Hurricane Matthew’s Landfall

October 7, 2016

As Hurricane Matthew barrels toward the Georgia coastline, Common Cause Georgia is calling upon Governor Nathan Deal to extend the state’s voter registration deadline in an effort to ensure that Georgians affected by the storm will still have an opportunity to cast their ballots in November. Georgia’s voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – only a handful of days after Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall on the Georgia coastline late this evening.

Census Bureau fails to change harmful representation system

July 20, 2016

Prison-based gerrymandering threatens our democracy’s commitment to fair representation. The practice leads to certain districts becoming largely composed of voiceless individuals, since prisoners cannot vote in most states.

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