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Celebrating Black Women and HBCU Graduates as Senator Kamala Harris Accepts Vice-Presidential Nomination

Common Cause Student Alliance Coordinator Alyssa Canty reflects what Senator Kamala Harris's nomination as a Vice Presidential candidate means to young Black women at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Common Cause and Oregon Redistricting Reform Allies File Federal Lawsuit

People Not Politicians Oregon v. Clarno challenges Oregon's failure to adjust signature-gathering requirements for ballot initiative campaigns in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Impact of COVID-19 on: 2020 Census Data & Redistricting

The Census Bureau has announced significant operational changes in the wake of COVID-19. Here are the implications of these potential changes on census, apportionment, redistricting and elections.

Virginia House of Delegates should take final step and send Redistricting Commission Amendment to Voters

Virginia voters may soon have an opportunity to adopt redistricting reform. The House of Delegates is considering final approval of a proposed state Constitutional amendment, which would create a bipartisan Redistricting Commission.

Census Oversight Hearing Overlooks President Trump’s Request for Citizenship Data

Just weeks ahead of 2020 Census invitations hitting mailboxes across the country, U.S. Census Bureau director Dr. John Dillingham sat before the House Oversight and Reform committee on Wednesday, February 12th to answer questions on the government's largest peacetime undertaking. However, what happens after peak census operations was minimally addressed by Congress. Including processes that may whitewash representation and potentially leave many communities of color without the resources they deserve.

Michigan Voters Oppose Partisan Gerrymandering, Despite SCOTUS Ruling

The Detroit News ran a guest opinion from a proponent of partisan gerrymandering. Here is our response.

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