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Voting & Elections 10.9.2018

Video: Florida’s Chance to Make Right What History Got Wrong in November

From the New York Times an Opinion Video supporting the movement to restore the rights of formerly incarcerated citizens who have paid their debt to society and deserve a say in the future.

Voting & Elections 09.25.2018

Help Welcome Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Back to the Voting Booth

Many formerly incarcerated people can vote, but they don't know it. Giving people returning to our communities a say in their future helps to distance them from the past. Common Cause proudly joins the Campaign Legal Center in an effort to register 25,000 people who are eligible to vote -- join us in creating hope in the future and imagine the moment when the people you help register put on an "I voted" sticker for the first time.

Failure to Relocate People in Prison in Florence’s Path is an Abuse of Power

As Hurricane Florence inches closer and closer to the east coast, government officials in the areas call for an immediate evacuation, but some are not upholding their own ethical responsibility by evacuating thousands of people in jails and prisons in the region.

Census Bureau fails to change harmful representation system

Prison-based gerrymandering threatens our democracy’s commitment to fair representation. The practice leads to certain districts becoming largely composed of voiceless individuals, since prisoners cannot vote in most states.

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