Democracy Download: Week of July 23, 2018

Your guide to the debate about democracy in Washington, DC

Democracy Download is an every-other-weekly round-up of democracy-related events from across the ideological spectrum. These events are based in Washington, D.C., but many can be seen on C-Span or live-streamed on Facebook Live or other online venues. Check links for more information.

Democracy Download, an every-other-weekly round-up of events, hearings, and other important dates of note pertaining to our democracy. The events cover a range of perspectives from across the ideological spectrum and are all based in Washington, D.C., but some of them can be seen on C-Span, or live-streamed in Facebook Live, or another online source.  Check links for details.

Common Cause publishes this list every-other-week, or weekly if events warrant. If you’d like this delivered as an e-newsletter to your email, or if you have an event you’d like to see listed, contact me at The e-newsletter version also tracks all democracy-related bills introduced in the 115th Congress, which you can find here.

Key Dates (All times Eastern)

  • July 24, 8am-5pm: Election Assistance Commission, Democracy Fund Voice, and Arizona State University hold a conference entitled, “Language Access for Voters Summit 2018” at The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 7th Floor Knight Conference Center, Washington, DC. RSVP here.
  • July 24, 10am: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing entitled, “Cyber-Securing the Vote: Ensuring the Integrity of the U.S. Election System,” 2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC. Witnesses TBA.
  • July 25: U.S. v. Manafort trial is scheduled to begin in the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • July 25, 2pm: Congressional Transparency Caucus holds a briefing entitled, “Shining a Light on Foreign Lobbying” with Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and others, 2456 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC. RSVP here.
  • July 25, 2:30pm: Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing entitled, “An Update on American Diplomacy to Advance our National Security Strategy” with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC. Livestreamed here.
  • July 26: Deadline for congressional offices to cosponsor bills to be included in Common Cause’s 2018 Democracy Scorecard
  • August 2, 10am: Federal Election Commission holds an open meeting, 1050 1st St. NE, Washington, DC. Agenda TBA.
  • August 6: 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act being signed into law