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RE: Assembly Bill 10 –Behested Payments and Economic Interest Disclosures – SUPPORT

Letter

Dear Assembly Member Gatto, On behalf of California Common Cause and our members, I am writing with a letter of support for Assembly Bill 10, which would make several significant changes to the Political Reform Act. Transparency and disclosure are essential to a healthy democracy. Voters need access to accurate information about candidates and elected officials financial interests, investments and sources of income. Greater transparency and disclosure help prevent the appearance of corruption and restore the public trust.

Money & Influence 04.23.2015

Money Talks: The State of Public Financing in California

Report

The need for restructuring our campaign finance system has never been so dire. One reform with particular promise is the use of public funds to amplify the voice of everyday citizens in political campaigns. Public Financing helps to reduce corruption, hold politicians accountable and create a government of, by, and for the people.

Voting & Elections 04.23.2015

RE: Senate Bill 415- SUPPORT

Letter

Dear Senator Hueso, On behalf of California Common Cause and our members, I am writing with a letter of support for Senate Bill 415 which would increase voter turnout in municipal elections by requiring cities to consolidate local elections with state and federal elections is doing so would result in a significant increase in voter turnout.

RE: Assembly Bill 182 –California Voting Rights Act – SUPPORT

Letter

Dear Assembly Member Alejo, On behalf of California Common Cause and our members, I am writing with a letter of support for Assembly Bill 182, which would strengthen the California Voting Rights Act protections by allowing a single member district-based election jurisdiction with gerrymandered districts to be challenged.

Voting & Elections 02.1.2015

Getting to 100% – Executive Summary

Executive Summary

This is the executive summary for the report, Getting to 100%: How changing the election date can improve voter turnout.

Voting & Elections 02.1.2015

Getting to 100%: How changing the election date can improve voter turnout

Report

One of the greatest barometers for waning civic engagement in American politics is declining voter turnout in federal, state, and municipal elections. There are many potential contributing factors: general cynicism about government and elected officials, a decline in investment in civics education, and an increasingly transient society. Yet there is one major contributing factor to low voter turnout – the timing of elections – that could be addressed with a relatively simple policy change. The Public Policy Institute of California surveyed 350 California cities and found that simply moving an election to be synchronized with the even year state elections can result in a 21-36 percent boost in voter turnout for municipal and other local elections.

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