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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.
January 5, 2018; Press Release, Status Update
Today, Common Cause filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in support of a challenge to the state’s extreme partisan political gerrymander. Despite a roughly equal split in votes between the parties in each election since the 2011 redistricting, Republicans have consistently won 13 of the state’s 18 congressional seats. If successful, the case could result in the Court ordering the redrawing of the districts before the 2018 election.
January 4, 2018; Featured Item, Blog Post
The Pence-Kobach Commission was "flawed from the start" and at the finish as well.
November 16, 2017
Election officials in Colorado are setting an example for nation today, taking a critical step to double-check the reported results of last week’s election with a statewide “risk limiting” post-election audit.
November 9, 2017
As if further proof was needed, the lawsuit filed today by Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap removes a shred of legitimacy the Pence-Kobach Commission has tried to cling to since its creation.
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.