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Tell the Senate: #StopSessions

The Department of Justice's mission is simply too important to turn over to someone like Jeff Sessions. Tell the Senate to oppose his nomination.
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Letters & Testimony

Common Cause Massachusetts: Testimony in Support of S. 317

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.'

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Speaker Pelosi on the DISCLOSE Act.flv

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.

The Case for Fair 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

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Democracy Wire

Gerrymandering Documentary Premieres Tonight

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.”

Rhode Island Takes Important Step to Secure Elections with Post-Election Audits

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.

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Press Releases

Illinois Becomes 10th State to Enact Automatic Voter Registration

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.

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