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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.
October 4, 2017; Press Release, Status Update
Americans deserve to know more about the Russian attack to sway the 2016 presidential race and Congress owes them some answers. Without undermining the investigation or any intelligence assets, Congress needs to share more of its findings with the American people. To date most of what citizens know about the attacks comes from media reports.
October 3, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined opponents of partisan gerrymandering in a rally outside the Supreme Court this morning.
September 20, 2017
Last night, the General Assembly passed important legislation to increase security of Rhode Island elections with post-election audits to ensure the accuracy of vote counts. The bills, once they are signed by Governor Gina Raimondo who has publicly supported them, will phase in the use of an innovative procedure called risk-limiting post-election audits. These audits serve as a check on the initial machine counts reported on election night, and confirm that our election results are correct.
September 19, 2017
Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order on September 15, 2017, postponing municipal elections in Ft. Myers and Cape Coral to October 3, 2017, following an appeal by Common Cause Florida, State Voices Florida, the League of Women Voters Florida and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to delay these elections because of the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma on Lee County voters.
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!