Letter to Senate Rules Committee regarding Election Assistance Commission staffing

February 12, 2014

Dear Senate Rules Committee Member:

Common Cause writes to you today to express support for a fully-staffed Election Assistance Commission (EAC) because a fully-functioning EAC is vitally important to ensuring that all eligible Americans have the right to vote.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard in the political process. Common Cause has over 400,000 supporters across the country and 35 state chapters advancing reforms and holding power accountable.

Giving these nominees, Thomas Hicks and Myrna Perez, a vote is a good first step to revitalize this agency. At a time when states are passing restrictive voter-ID laws and making the voting process more difficult, we need four commissioners on the EAC to protect and strengthen the right to vote.

The bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration reached consensus on recommendations to improve the voting experience, and the report specifically depended on a functioning EAC. We hope that process can serve as a model for Senate Rules Committee Republicans and Democrats to similarly work together to strengthen the EAC.

We strongly encourage the President to work with the Senate to nominate two additional qualified individuals to serve as EAC commissioners because Common Cause recognizes that a fully functioning EAC is necessary to strengthen the voting process for all voters.

Sincerely, Karen Hobert Flynn
Senior VP for Strategy and Programs
Common Cause

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