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Letters & Testimony
March 25, 2015
As organizations dedicated to promoting democracy and justice as well as equal rights for all Americans, we strongly support passage of this legislation.
February 12, 2014
Letter to Senate Rules Committee regarding Election Assistance Commission staffing
March 1, 2017
The Supreme Court today, in Bethune-Hill v Virginia State Board of Elections, remanded the case back to the federal district court to determine whether legislators, in drawing lines for 11 districts shortly after the 2010 Census, used race as a factor to dilute the voting power of Black voters in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.
April 8, 2016
Opposition to State’s Motion to Dismiss in Common Cause and Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. Kemp
September 24, 2010
Actor and activist Sam Waterston joined Common Cause in asking Congress to support the Fair Elections Now Act, which aims to take corporate money and interests out of Congressional campaigns and legislating. Learn more: http://bit.ly/dlOptmyt
September 12, 2008
Join Sam Waterston and Common Cause to help pass the most sweeping reform since Watergate.
November 2, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post
Samantha Bee gets to the heart of the vulnerability of our elections.
November 2, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update
Experts agree lower-than-expected voter turnout, particularly among minority voters, cost Hillary Clinton the presidency.
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 11, 2006
This follow-up report explores whether a sampling of 10 states with a history of various election problems and potentially close races - Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin - have taken steps to address the concerns addressed in our foundational report in 2004 .The findings of our report on the whole are troubling. Some states have made it harder to register to vote rather than easier. This is critical because problems with voter registration were among the most common complaints of voters in 2004. Another critical problem from 2004 - long lines for voters - is likely to recur because few states have dealt with the issue. New voter ID laws in certain states are likely to disenfranchise voters, and only one state has acted aggressively to address voter intimidation tactics.
June 22, 2006
This report surveys four major studies that reviewed DRE voting machine security and reliability. Two of the reports involved extensive review of more than 80 academic, technical, and industry reports on DREs. Each report concluded that DRE machines to be vulnerable to malfunction and also to tampering in which a computer-savvy hacker with minimal access to the machine could introduce malicious code to the DRE software and change the results of an election.