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This Common Cause Massachusetts testimony reads, in part, 'S. 327 is a critical step towards making our generally well-run elections even better. It will encourage more people to register and vote (particularly young people), ensure that our voting machines are working properly and securely, help reduce long lines at the voting booth, and guarantee that election administrators are kept up-to-date as possible with mandatory training.'
Common Cause Massachusetts testimony in support of early voting which begins, 'The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy, and voting should be as easy and accessible as possible. Early voting allows citizens to cast their ballots at special designated polling before Election Day.'
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.
Today’s revelations that fake accounts in Russia bought approximately $150,000 in political ads on Facebook demands a complete and immediate response from the Federal Election Commission. The Commission’s intransigence on the issue of curbing the threat of foreign influence in our elections must stop now as this is likely only the tip of the iceberg.
Late yesterday, Common Cause filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Gill v. Whitford in support of plaintiffs’ challenge to Wisconsin’s partisan gerrymander which was ruled unconstitutional by a federal three-judge panel. Common Cause also played a key role in coordinating amici in the case.