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End Gerrymandering NOW!

PETITION: Pass the Redistricting Reform Act and set up independent commissions to draw fair maps and put the people in charge, not politicians!
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Legislation

Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

January 16, 2014

To amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.

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Letters & Testimony

Democracy Scorecard Letter to House

March 30, 2016

Given the unlikelihood that congressional leadership will allow floor votes on numerous bills that would strengthen our democracy in the 114th Congress, Common Cause is planning to issue a “Democracy Scorecard” later this year based on cosponsorship of the 12 bills below. We urge you to cosponsor these bills, all of which will amplify the voices of everyday Americans and ensure that our elected leaders are more responsive to the public.

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Litigation

Complaint

League of Women Voters v. North Carolina - Complaint

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Multimedia

Do you support changing the way we finance campaigns?

November 12, 2008

Bob Edgar of Washington DC: It's hard to have an honest debate about issues when special interest groups contribute millions of dollars to politicians' campaigns to win influence. It's time candidates spent more time talking with average voters and less with wealthy donors.

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Democracy Wire

New Report: “Putin, Trump and Democracy’s Slippery Slope Toward Oligarchy”

November 7, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today, Common Cause will release a new report - “Putin, Trump and Democracy’s Slippery Slope Toward Oligarchy”- that examines Russia’s attacks on the 2016 presidential election, the continuing threats to our democracy and solutions to address these threats. It also examines how the campaign and Administration of Donald Trump have harnessed our system’s weaknesses to their political and personal benefit.

Gerrymandering Explained

November 3, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

Common Cause Redistricting Manager Dan Vicuña joined Sarasota (FL) Community Radio on Oct. 27 to chat about gerrymandering, explain the legal challenges facing partisan redistricting, and discuss the future of the fight for fair representation.

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Press Releases

Guilty Plea & Indictments Against Trump Campaign Officials Show Need to Safeguard Mueller’s Russia Investigation

October 30, 2017

Today’s guilty plea by Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos for lying to investigators about his contacts with Russian nationals with ties to high-level Kremlin officials during the campaign and the indictments against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Richard Gates, hammer home the need to allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to run its course without interference.

DEFCON Election Hacking Report Hammers Home Need to Safeguard Our Elections

October 10, 2017

Americans expect and deserve free and fair elections, but the release of a report on the Voting Machine Hacking Village at DEFCON last summer lays bare the vulnerabilities of our nation’s election equipment, databases and infrastructure. The Atlantic Council’s convening of a bipartisan group of national security advisors, cybersecurity experts and election officials to establish protocols to safeguard our elections is welcome news.

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Research & Reports

Did We Fix That? 2014

October 28, 2014

Executive summary of "Did We Fix That? 2014" which examines the Presidential Commission on Election Administration's core recommendations, reminds election administrators of their importance, and evaluates their implementation (to the extent possible) in states where the 2014 elections are expected to be close, and so might produce a large turnout.

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General Content

Stop Partisan Gerrymandering

The Redistricting Reform Act of 2015 would put the people back in charge by setting up independent commissions that prioritize inclusive public participation, fair representation, and transparency when drawing maps. Tell your lawmakers -- support this important bill and end gerrymandering now!

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