Voting brings us together as Americans. But almost a half-century after Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the right to vote is uncertain and the machinery of our elections is rickety.
In Washington, our state capitols, and in thousands of voting precincts from coast-to-coast, Common Cause is fighting to ensure that every adult American has easy access to the ballot and that every vote is counted as cast.
Together, we can:
- Strengthen laws to protect voting rights
- Make voting systems secure, reliable and verifiable
- Stop scams and intimidation campaigns that drive people away from the polls
- Ensure that every voter has an equal say in presidential elections
- End partisan redistricting, so voters choose our representatives rather than the other way around
While millions of Americans pay our taxes, do our banking, earn our livelihood, and buy and sell products and services online, today's email and Internet voting systems -- and those that will be available in the foreseeable future -- cannot be relied on to produce accurate, verifiable vote counts. Learn More ›
Common Cause is fighting to preserve and strengthen open Internet or "net neutrality" rules that would allow Internet users to access any web content they want, post their own content, and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or limitations imposed by service providers. Learn More ›
More than a decade into the 21st Century, elections across much of America are burdened with mid-20th Century technology. Too many states and localities are unprepared for machine breakdowns and/or use machines that are unreliable or produce vote counts that are unverifiable. Learn More ›
We live in an information age, but misinformation is an all-too-prevalent part of modern elections, as partisans seek to depress turnout in targeted communities. Election saboteurs typically distribute literature publicizing erroneous voting hours and/or polling places. Some also use computer-generated "robocalls," and email chains to contact hundreds of voters simultaneously with deceptive messages; others distribute misinformation geared toward intimidating targeted voter groups and keeping them away from the polls. Learn More ›