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Letters & Testimony
May 15, 2013
This Common Cause Massachusetts testimony was given in opposition to H. 591 & H. 647 which would repeal the national popular vote.
May 15, 2013
Testimony in Support of S. 317 which begins, 'The voting age has been 18 in every state since 1970, when former president Richard Nixon signed an extension of the Voting Rights Act. Now, over 40 years later, teens in Lowell are attempting to change the law to allow 17-year-old voters to cast ballots in municipal elections. If passed, Lowell would be the second city in the nation to lower the voting age, following Tacoma Park, Maryland that passed a similar measure on May 14, 2013.'
September 28, 2015
Brief of City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles, and 17 other Cities and Urban Areas
September 28, 2015
Evenwel v. Abbott Amicus Brief
October 31, 2007
Speaker Nancy Pelosi cites Common Cause's support for the DISCLOSE Act, which will help voters understand who is trying to buy elections.
March 18, 2014
Actor Sam Waterston and Common Cause VPs Arn Pearson & Sarah Dufendach explain why we need to change the way we finance campaigns by passing the Fair Elections Now Act
September 22, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post
“Divide and Conquer”, a Vice News documentary on the effects of gerrymandering, features interviews and commentary from lawmakers and advocacy groups in North Carolina, a state Vice refers to as “ground zero for the gerrymandering debate.”
September 20, 2017; Press Release, Status Update
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 6, 2017
Late yesterday, Common Cause filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Gill v. Whitford in support of plaintiffs’ challenge to Wisconsin’s partisan gerrymander which was ruled unconstitutional by a federal three-judge panel. Common Cause also played a key role in coordinating amici in the case.
August 29, 2017
Today, Illinois became the tenth state, along with the District of Columbia, to successfully enact automatic voter registration (AVR). Governor Bruce Rauner signed into a law a bill that creates more accessible and secure elections by automatically registering voters unless they opt out of the program.
Research & Reports
December 7, 2004
This report looks at the electoral process in 2004 while disecting current electoral reform proposals.