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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.
Letters & Testimony
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.
January 19, 2016
Common Cause Massachusetts 2016 Testimony on Voter Identification. Given to the Joint Committee on Election Laws on January 19, 2016.
September 20, 2010
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.
April 9, 2018; Featured Item, Blog Post, Status Update
A report Sunday on CBS News' 60 Minutes broadcast documents the Trump administration's tepid response to Russian intrusions into the 2016 US elections.
April 5, 2018; Featured Item, Blog Post
A computer scientist demonstrates the vulnerability of electronic voting machines
March 19, 2018
Today’s Supreme Court Ruling was a victory for Pennsylvania voters who will now be able to cast ballots for congressional candidates in districts not unconstitutionally manipulated to make them uncompetitive. It has always been our belief that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court acted in the best interest of the citizens of our commonwealth. The old map was an egregious attempt to predetermine congressional elections, which is why they ruled the map as unconstitutional.
March 14, 2018
The 11th Circuit’s remand of Georgia’s voter roll purges is a victory for Georgia and for democracy. Common Cause Georgia is encouraged with the news of our voter roll purge case against Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Our state should not be using random criteria to remove legally registered voters from the voter rolls.
Research & Reports
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.
July 6, 2012
This report, "Deceptive Election Practices and Voter Intimidation: The Need for Voter Protection," follows the 2008 report, "Deceptive Practices 2.0: Legal and Policy Responses," issued by Common Cause, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Century Foundation.
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!