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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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.
February 23, 2015
This bill allows a voter who failed to sign his or her vote by mail identification envelope to sign a statement up to 10 days after the election in order to have his or her ballot counted.
January 16, 2011
This letter begins, 'On behalf of California Common Cause and our 400,000 national members, please accept this letter of support for Assembly Bill 1378, a bill to expand the protections and processes of California's Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of the Legislature.'
December 19, 2008
Letter from Common Cause CA to City Attorney Delgadillo regarding Time Warner Cable Public Access Studios and Channels
July 26, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update
Even in California, where strong state campaign finance laws set an example for the nation, it’s not that easy to see who is bankrolling political candidates or initiatives.
July 7, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update
The Kennedy School of Government’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University announced today that California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) is the winner of the 2017 Roy and Lila Ash Innovation Award for Public Engagement in Government.
November 7, 2016
California Common Cause announceds its efforts to ensure voters’ rights are protected on Election Day
September 29, 2016
Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authorizing counties to adopt a voter-centered approach to elections. Senate Bill 450, authored by Sen. Ben Allen and sponsored by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, provides voters with many more options for how they can vote, recognizing the changing needs of voters today. Common Cause supported the bill.
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.
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.
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.
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.