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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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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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League of Women Voters v. North Carolina - Complaint

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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 Russia Investigation Indictments Hammer Home Need to Support Special Counsel’s Investigation

February 16, 2018; Press Release, Status Update

Americans expect and deserve to know the truth about the Russian attacks on our democracy. Today’s indictments provide more of that truth and hammer home the seriousness of the attacks and the need to support and protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation. We are hopeful that these new facts will finally drive the White House and those in Congress who have worked to hamper the investigation to admit the reality and the scope of the attack and the threat from Russia which is ongoing today as we approach our next election.

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Press Releases

California Local Redistricting Project Releases New Tool to Facilitate Local Redistricting Reform

February 12, 2018

Today, the California Local Redistricting Project – a joint project of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law’s Capital Center for Law & Policy and California Common Cause – announced the release of a new tool to enable local governments to fight redistricting abuse at the local level. The Project’s ordinance generator, hosted at, enables any user to easily draft a sample ordinance for establishing a local, independent redistricting commission, which is considered a vital redistricting best practice by good government watchdogs.

Census Nominee Withdrawal Presents Opportunity for Professionals to Oversee Accurate Count

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.

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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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