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Voting & Elections 10.22.2020

The US Eliminated Nearly 21,000 Election Day Polling Locations for 2020

Common Cause California Executive Director Jonathan Mehta Stein, who helped negotiate the plan, told VICE News that he hoped the combination of expanded voting options would help tamp down voting lines on Election Day and before, “But we can’t be certain of that” until the election happens. “We’re concerned about voters who are displaced by the COVID pandemic and voters who are displaced because of the wildfires. There are a lots of people who’ve been pushed out of their homes in 2020,” said Stein.

Voting & Elections 10.22.2020

How California Officials Are Prepping for Potential Election Unrest

“We need people to understand that if it takes days or weeks to count ballots, that is a sign that we are doing everything we can to count every eligible vote," Jonathan Mehta Stein, executive director of California Common Cause said. "It is not a sign of fraud or manipulation. It is democracy working. It is not a sign that democracy is broken.”

Voting & Elections 10.14.2020

Local Political Parties Debate Which Voting Process Best

“A national investigation of vote by mail from 2000 to 2012 found 491 cases of mail vote fraud, which might sound like a lot until you realize that over that time period billions of votes were cast by mail successfully,” said Jonathan Meta Stein with Common Cause.


New Frontier: How Gig Economy Titans Are Lobbying Their Customers

If you’ve ever downloaded the Uber, Lyft, Instacart, Postmates or Doordash apps or registered for their services, the companies possess your phone number, email and credit card info — not to mention your food preferences and travels. Contact information alone is a goldmine for any election campaign, said Sean McMorris, a policy consultant for transparency watchdog Common Cause. In any other context, “a small nonprofit or the average Joe” behind a campaign would have to shell out thousands of dollars for such a list.

Voting & Elections 09.28.2020

Palm Springs Man Receives Absentee Ballot Request from Ohio, Questions Voter Fraud

“There are systems in place to make sure that people don’t vote twice. If they’re given the opportunity to, they should absolutely not take it because they’ll be committing a felony,” said Jonathan Mehta Stein, executive director for California Common Cause.

Voting & Elections 09.7.2020

Close to 70K Voters Request Election Materials in Alternate Language for Presidential General Election

“Sending a Vote by Mail ballot to every voter is a critical step for voter access in 2020, but it means that millions of California voters will lose that moment when a poll worker asks them what language they would like their ballot in. Mailers like L.A. County’s help ensure language stands as a barrier to the ballot for as few voters as possible,” said Jonathan Mehta Stein, executive director of California Common Cause. “Every county in the state should use their remaining mailings, before Vote by Mail ballots go out, to share language access information.”

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