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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.
November 2, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post
Samantha Bee gets to the heart of the vulnerability of our elections.
November 2, 2017; Press Release, Status Update
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.
September 25, 2017
On Friday, Common Cause filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, in support of a challenge to Ohio’s aggressive voter roll purge program that stripped hundreds of thousands of Ohioans of their right to vote prior to the 2016 election. The brief focuses on a similar program in Georgia that also disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters and which Common Cause has challenged in court. The Husted brief emphasizes that the High Court’s decision will impact similar programs and millions of registered voters around the country.
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.
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.