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Common Cause and Georgia NAACP Appeal Lower Court Ruling Greenlighting Georgia Voter Roll Purge

March 23, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Common Cause and the Georgia NAACP filed notice of appeal today with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in response to a lower court dismissal of their complaint against Georgia Secretary of State Kemp for violating section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) regarding how voters are purged from the registration rolls.

Common Cause Urges Senate to Oppose House Bill 515’s Racial Gerrymander & Exposure to Voting Rights Litigation

March 16, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today, Common Cause Georgia urged the state Senate to oppose House bill 515, a gerrymandering proposal dropped at the end of session on short notice and cleared through committee in minutes without public comment. The letter to Senate leadership emphasizes that significant numbers of Black voters would be packed into legislative districts with “safe” seats – thereby diluting their voting power to elect candidates of their choice - in order to move new white voters into Republican legislative districts that were carried by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the presidential election.

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Common Cause Georgia Urges Governor Deal to Extend Voter Registration Deadline in Anticipation of Hurricane Matthew’s Landfall

October 7, 2016

As Hurricane Matthew barrels toward the Georgia coastline, Common Cause Georgia is calling upon Governor Nathan Deal to extend the state’s voter registration deadline in an effort to ensure that Georgians affected by the storm will still have an opportunity to cast their ballots in November. Georgia’s voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – only a handful of days after Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall on the Georgia coastline late this evening.

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Ethics Reform in Georgia

Georgia is one of the 42 states with an ethics commission, known in-state as the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. As the sole agency tasked with administering and enforcing the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Act, Georgia’s Commission plays a critically important role in protecting the public interest and serves an essential purpose: to provide an independent watchdog on public officials.

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