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Action Alert

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Spotlight on California Awards

December 1, 2017

This year, we are proud to shine a spotlight on our democracy leaders, who significantly advanced ethics, transparency, campaign finance, and electoral reform in California.

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In Your Community


Consolidating Election Days - VETOED

February 9, 2015

This bill requires local governments to hold their general elections at the same time as the statewide primary or statewide general election in even-numbered years, or on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June or November of odd-numbered years. Local elections that are consolidated with state elections typically have much higher voter turnout.

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Letters & Testimony

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Gerrymander Gazette | July 2017

July 27, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning that it will hear oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, an appeal of a three-judge federal trial court decision that Wisconsin State Assembly districts are an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

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Press Releases

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Research & Reports

Optimizing the Voter Experience

August 2, 2016

California's declining voter turnout is cause for concern, warranting significant and immediate action. In order to reduce the more than 40% of registered voters who do not currently vote because of process, time, or scheduling constraints, state legislators should look to modernize elections and improve the voting experience for all.

Money Talks: The State of Public Financing in California

March 19, 2015

This report outlines several frameworks for public financing solutions, gives an overview of the state of public financing in California, and provides additional resources for model public financing bills.

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General Content

Arizona Scandal

An Arizona group, Americans for Responsible Leadership, recently laundered $11 million in campaign funding through the Small Business Action Committee PAC in what may be the largest secret political donation in California history.

At The National Level

Common Cause led successful efforts to eliminate gerrymandering by reforming the way California draws congressional and state legislative district lines -- now Common Cause will lead the effort to expand this reform movement nationally.

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