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Automatic Voter Registration Pledge

With more than two million Illinoisans eligible to vote but not registered, it is clear that the time has come for Automatic Voter Registration in our state. Both California and Oregon have adopted Automatic Voter Registration systems, and more than 7 million residents have been registered to vote as a result. Illinois should be next!
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Events

Spotlight on California Awards Reception

December 1, 2017

This year, we are proud to shine a spotlight on California leaders, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Secretary of State Alex Padilla & Senator Ben Allen, who significantly advanced ethics, transparency, campaign finance, and electoral reform in California.

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In Your Community

Constant Vigilance

Bellevue, WA June 10, 2014

Thanks for asking!

10,000 or so years of human civilization and we've finally figured out democracy it the best way to run a society. Good news: democracy is fair and just. Bad news: it... More

Elections are Being Bought

Austin, TX June 10, 2014

Elections are being bought. The people doing this have a very harmful agenda. They are attacking the rights of more and more segments of our society. The war on women opened my eyes and... More

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Legislation

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Litigation

SEIU v. Husted

Common Cause and League of Women Voters Ohio argue in this amicus brief that Ohio's rejection of provisional ballots miscast due to poll worker error violates the Fourteenth Amendment and denies Americans their right to vote due to someone else's mistake.

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Multimedia

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Democracy Wire

Rhode Island Takes Important Step to Secure Elections with Post-Election Audits

September 20, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Last night, the General Assembly passed important legislation to increase security of Rhode Island elections with post-election audits to ensure the accuracy of vote counts. The bills, once they are signed by Governor Gina Raimondo who has publicly supported them, will phase in the use of an innovative procedure called risk-limiting post-election audits. These audits serve as a check on the initial machine counts reported on election night, and confirm that our election results are correct.

Gov. Snyder Takes Michigan Backwards By Signing Special Interest Campaign Finance Bills

September 20, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Governor Rick Snyder was quick to sign two bills today that will increase the influence of special interests in Michigan. SB 335 and SB 336 are unacceptable attacks on the democratic process by expanding the damage from the Supreme Court’s disastrous 2010 Citizens United decision in Michigan. Common Cause had organized its 30,000 Michigan members to email and call Gov. Snyder, urging him to veto the bills.

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Press Releases

In Seattle Common Cause & CLC File Brief in New Challenge to Citizen-Financed Elections

September 20, 2017

Today, Common Cause and the Campaign Legal Center filed an amici brief in Washington State’s King County Superior Court in Elster v. City of Seattle in support of the city’s campaign finance voucher program. The brief makes clear that the Seattle program is consistent with a host of other citizen-funded elections programs upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court since campaign finance reforms were enacted in the wake of the Watergate scandals to curb the buying and selling of influence in the halls of government.

Gov. Snyder Takes Michigan Backwards By Signing Special Interest Campaign Finance Bills

September 20, 2017

Governor Rick Snyder was quick to sign two bills today that will increase the influence of special interests in Michigan. SB 335 and SB 336 are unacceptable attacks on the democratic process by expanding the damage from the Supreme Court’s disastrous 2010 Citizens United decision in Michigan. Common Cause had organized its 30,000 Michigan members to email and call Gov. Snyder, urging him to veto the bills.

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Research & Reports

Activist Handbook on Redistricting Reform

March 1, 2017

It is important that elected representatives listen to the public in order to ensure that our votes matter. The way district lines are drawn affects how politicians represent constituents’ interests. When communities are kept whole, we have a greater ability to elect candidates of our choice and hold politicians accountable. Having a good representative determines whether your tax dollars are used to serve your community.

Individual and PAC Giving to Women Candidates

December 8, 2016

With the support of a Network Grant from the Democracy Fund, Representation2020 has teamed up with the Center for Responsive Politics and Common Cause Education Fund to research PAC and donor giving to male and female candidates and to devise strategies to challenge them to set targets for the percentage - or overall amount - that they give to women candidates. The following report is designed to create greater transparency on how political giving affects the universe of viable candidates, to draw attention to the key gatekeeper role played by major campaign funders and to design strategies that encourage donors, PACs, political parties and others to reexamine how and when they give to female candidates.

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General Content

Bequest

Through your will, you can specify that some or all of your assets benefit Common Cause. After your lifetime, the asset(s) you specify will pass to Common Cause and your estate could take a charitable deduction for the amount of your bequest.

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Staff

Alan Wiersba

Member, National Governing Board, Common Cause,

Mr. Wiersba has been involved with Common Cause for 20 years, focusing on mitigating the effects of special interest money in politics.

Allegra Chapman

Director of Voting and Elections, Programs

Allegra Chapman is Common Cause's Director of Voting and Elections

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