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
September 11, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update
California is advancing ways to increase voter participation ahead of the 2018 elections, while dozens of states have gone backwards by imposing new voting restrictions.
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.
November 9, 2016
California Common Cause applauds voter approval of democracy reform ballot measures statewide – 59 and 54 - and local measures
November 9, 2016
Bay area voters approved two measures to improve local government and make elected elected officials more accountable to everyday citizens.
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.