For Immediate Release Common Cause Hails Introduction of Voter Empowerment Act

Posted on September 6, 2012

Statement by President and CEO Bob Edgar

Common Cause applauds the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act. This critical legislation advances reforms to ensure that eligible voters can register and cast ballots without undue burden, regardless of race, age, economic class or disability. The Voter Empowerment Act installs necessary protections to ensure that all ballots are counted as cast. It provides for a needed response when partisan groups threaten the vote through misleading efforts that lie to voters about where, when and how to vote.

Coming amid a new wave of voter suppression laws, intended to keep eligible citizens from participating in our democracy, this important legislation removes barriers to voting, so that everyone who is eligible to vote can do so unimpeded.

Nothing is more precious in our democracy than our right to vote. Our history proves that. The Voter Empowerment Act will help safeguard that right.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: Voting and Elections

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