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Female Candidates Have Greatest Success in Open Seat Elections But Poorly Funded by PACs, Donors, and Major Parties

December 8, 2016

Representation2020, Common Cause and the Center for Responsive Politics have released a new report revealing the systemic disparity in funding for female candidates running for open seats by PACs, individual donors and major parties. Women are more likely to win open seat races than women challenging an incumbent. In addition, Republican women are likely to face additional barriers and increased opposition funding.

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Recounts in Close Elections Should Be Routine

November 27, 2016

Common Cause supports reviewing election results and the right of candidates and others to call for recounts. The recount process is critical to adding necessary transparency to the election process, identifying problems, and increasing voter confidence in the election outcome.

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Trump Business Conflicts of Interest Are Very Real Regardless of What He Believes

November 23, 2016

Americans expect their President to be completely above reproach on ethics and transparency, and to put the business of the nation first. Donald Trump’s actions and rhetoric to date have been tone deaf to legitimate concerns raised about the myriad ways his business empire raises serious conflict of interest problems during the transition, as well as when he takes office. The President-elect has made a series of troubling statements stating that president cannot have conflicts of interest.

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Voters Lift Democracy Reform Ballot Measures

November 10, 2016

In addition to populist movements that challenged both major party establishments, and was ultimately part of the winning formula for President-elect Donald Trump, voters at the local and state level worked together to win democracy reforms across the country. A total of 20 pro-democracy reform initiatives were on ballots and almost all of them won with comfortable margins.

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Voters in 11 Swing States Advised to Make Voting Plan: 2016 Election Swing State Report

October 26, 2016

Voters may need more than good intentions to make it to the polls according to social science research that indicates voters who make voting plans are more likely to follow through. And in a new report, Protecting the Vote in 2016: A Look at 11 Swing States, the nonpartisan democracy reformers at Common Cause demonstrate why, firing off warnings like flares into the night sky for voters in 11 swing states where new laws may catch some voters unaware.

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AT&T Time Warner Merger Would Harm Consumers: Statement of Michael Copps​, former FCC Commissioner and Common Cause Special Adviser

October 24, 2016

“Allowing a communications behemoth like AT&T to swallow the Time Warner media empire should be unthinkable. The sorry history of mega mergers shows they run roughshod over the public interest. Further entrenching monopoly harms innovation and drives up prices for consumers. The answer is clear: regulators must say no” said former FCC Commissioner and Common Cause Special Adviser Michael Copps.

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Federal Judge Extends Florida Voter Registration Deadline in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

October 12, 2016

A federal Judge today extend Florida’s voter registration by one week after the state suffered severe damage from Hurricane Matthew. The Florida Democratic Party filed suit over the weekend after Florida Governor Rick Scott refused to extend the deadline in the wake of the storm. The ruling today by U.S. District Court Judge Mark Walker extends the deadline for voters to register to October 18.

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Common Cause Florida Calls on Governor Scott to Extend Voter Registration Deadline in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

October 8, 2016

Common Cause Florida is urging Governor Rick Scott to reconsider his refusal to extend the voter registration application process beyond next Tuesday’s deadline in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Traditionally large numbers of Floridians register to vote in the final days before the deadline but for hundreds of thousands who evacuated their homes at the Governor’s urging, this was not an option. While the Governor could not redirect the hurricane, he can extend the date for voter registration as Governor Nikki Haley in South Carolina has done.

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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.

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