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Letters & Testimony
January 19, 2016
Common Cause Massachusetts 2016 Testimony on Automatic Voter Registration. Given to Joint Committee on Election Laws on January 19, 2016.
October 21, 2015
The closure of 31 Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) driver’s license offices raises serious concerns about your administration’s commitment to provide critical services to Alabamians in need of identification to vote
May 9, 2017
Voting rights groups filed a federal lawsuit today against California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for its failure to offer federally mandated voter registration opportunities to millions of Californians.
March 23, 2017
Plaintiffs Common Cause and the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP hereby appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from the March 17, 2017 Order granting Defendant’s motion to dismiss and the March 17, 2017 Judgment of dismissal.
April 4, 2018; Press Release, Status Update
Today, Common Cause and the Voting Rights Institute filed an amici brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Abbott v. Perez, in support of a challenge to Texas legislative districts twice found by lower courts to be discriminatory racial gerrymanders perpetrated by the state Legislature. The maps drawn after the 2010 Census, were initially found to violate the Voting Rights Act by a U.S. District Court in 2011 but were reinstituted by the Legislature in 2013 without change.
April 3, 2018; Featured Item, Blog Post
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down 50 years ago today. So much was lost. So much remains to be done
February 13, 2018
Common Cause and Common Cause Pennsylvania issued statements today after Gov. Tom Wolf officially rejected the maps that Republican leadership submitted Friday to redraw the commonwealth’s 18 congressional districts in response to a state Supreme Court ruling in January that found the legislative borders to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered.
February 12, 2018
The American public must have confidence in the leadership of Census Bureau to ensure everyone is counted accurately. Public outrage met reports that Thomas Brunell would be named deputy director, a slot that does not require Senate confirmation, but that he would in fact lead the Census. The controversy was well founded. Brunell’s controversial background as an academic who regular testified in support Republican gerrymanders would have politicized the national headcount.
Research & Reports
October 17, 2008
A report discussing analyzing preparations concerning the voting machines that will be used in the November 2008 elections which read, in part, 'On November 4, 2008, some voting systems will fail in at least a few counties. Unfortunately, we cannot predict where. For this reason, every state must be as prepared as possible for system failures. Vigilance will help ensure that machinery-related problems do not interfere with the right of eligible citizens to vote, or imperil the accuracy of the vote count.'
January 1, 2008
Vote By Mail (VBM) elections can increase turnout by four to five percentage points in general elections and significantly more in local or off-year elections. Rather than sparking participation among citizens who never vote, it appears that the added convenience of voting by mail serves primarily to retain higher participation among those voters who tend to vote in general elections by making it easier for them to vote in traditionally lower-interest local, special, or nonpartisan elections.