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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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Litigation

Complaint

League of Women Voters v. North Carolina - Complaint

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Multimedia

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

Potential Nominee Thomas Brunell Would Politicize 2020 Census

November 21, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Politics have no business in the Census but the Trump Administration’s leading candidate for the deputy director slot at the Census Bureau, Thomas Brunell, would introduce blatant partisan politics into the national headcount. Discontent from Capitol Hill over Brunell’s political partisanship may have scuttled his candidacy for the top slot at the bureau but as deputy director he skirts the confirmation process.

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Press Releases

Special Interest Tax Giveaway Also Thrusts the Pulpit into Politics

November 2, 2017

Buried in the final pages of the tax bill’s handouts to deep-pocketed special interests is a troubling provision that would allow houses of worship to actively engage in partisan politicking. For more than a half century the Johnson Amendment has prohibited 501(c)(3)s, including religious organizations, from participating in political campaigns. If this bright line is removed the abuses will inevitably follow and the loopholes will be expanded. Overwhelmingly members of the clergy support the Johnson Amendment prohibition on political activity but there will inevitably be bad actors and money will change hands for endorsements and more. The mixing of partisan politics, religion and money would not end well and has no business in this legislation.

Guilty Plea & Indictments Against Trump Campaign Officials Show Need to Safeguard Mueller’s Russia Investigation

October 30, 2017

Today’s guilty plea by Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos for lying to investigators about his contacts with Russian nationals with ties to high-level Kremlin officials during the campaign and the indictments against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Richard Gates, hammer home the need to allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to run its course without interference.

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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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