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Voting & Elections 11.18.2018

New York Times: America’s Election Grid Remains a Patchwork of Vulnerabilities

“They are not chosen for their ability to manage or familiarity with election procedures,” said Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause in New York City. “They are chosen for their party loyalty and to provide jobs to the party faithful.”

Voting & Elections 11.16.2018

Mother Jones: Brian Kemp’s Win In Georgia Is Tainted by Voter Suppression

“The number of people who cast provisional ballots,” says Sara Henderson, executive director of Common Cause Georgia, “doesn’t even come close to the number of people who were disenfranchised.” The Abrams campaign heard from 25,000 people who had problems voting. Henderson helped oversee election protection efforts for nonpartisan voting rights groups and said “our phones in the command center were ringing off the hook.”

Voting & Elections 11.15.2018

Los Angeles Times: Republicans Walters and Kim Adopt Trump Tactic of Charging Vote Fraud with No Evidence of Wrongdoing

“The tone has been set at the top,” said Stephen Spaulding, chief of strategy at Common Cause. “I think it’s reckless. It is irresponsible.”

Voting & Elections 11.14.2018

New York Times: In Florida Recount Fight, Democratic Lawyer Draws Plaudits and Fire

“He’s doing really important work for voting rights that benefits all voters, but he’s also pushed for a deregulation of money in politics that serves the interests of the wealthy,” said Paul S. Ryan, the vice president of policy and litigation for the nonpartisan government watchdog group Common Cause.

Voting & Elections 11.13.2018

New York Times: Before the Fights Over Recounts: An Election Day Vote on Voting

“It is clear when you put democracy reforms on the ballot, those measures win overwhelmingly,” Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause, said. “From our perspective, we are going to be taking a hard look at where we can move more of these reforms in 2020 and beyond.”

Voting & Elections 11.13.2018

Washington Post: Federal Judge Delays Certification of Georgia Election Results, Citing Concerns Over Provisional Ballots

“Today’s ruling is a victory for the voters of Georgia. We are all stronger when every eligible voter is allowed to participate in our elections,” said Sara Henderson, executive director of Common Cause Georgia said in a statement. “This victory helps achieve greater voter confidence in our elections.”

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