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Voting & Elections 10.8.2018

McClatchy: Are wireless voting machines vulnerable? Florida, other states say they’re safe enough

“The convenience of transmitting vote totals online does not outweigh the need of the American people to be assured their votes will be accurately transmitted and counted,” said the letter, which was also endorsed by five citizen and digital rights groups, including Common Cause and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Voting & Elections 10.5.2018

Dallas Morning News: Texans who registered online may be ineligible to vote. Here's what to do if you're one of them.

“Anyone who registered to vote using this tool needs to go online to verify whether or not you’re registered,” said Anthony Gutierrez, executive director of Common Cause Texas. “Just to be safe, submit another registration by mail. The process doesn’t take long.”

Voting & Elections 09.6.2018

USA Today Op-Ed: Manafort and Cohen get off easy for financial crimes. Minorities get prison for voting.

The Manafort and Cohen cases are also a disturbing reminder of how differently Americans are treated by our criminal justice system depending on their skin color, wealth and status. Earlier this year, a black woman in Texas was sentenced to five years in prison for unwittingly breaking state law by voting while still under community supervision for a previous fraud charge.

Washington Post: North Carolina’s gerrymandered map is unconstitutional, judges rule, and may have to be redrawn before midterms

“Although North Carolina’s loud and proud admission that legislators drew districts for partisan advantage is unusual, the practice is universal when politicians are in charge,” said Kathay Feng, Common Cause national redistricting director. “Until we prohibit partisan gerrymandering, a true representative democracy will remain out of reach, and the voices of all Americans will continue to be silent.”

Associated Press: North Carolina’s congressional map still unlawful with partisan bias, judges rule

Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina, called the ruling "a historic win for voters, and a significant step towards finally ending gerrymandering.”

HuffPost: Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina Congressional Map Again

“Although North Carolina’s loud and proud admission that legislators drew districts for partisan advantage is unusual, the practice is universal when politicians are in charge,” Kathay Feng, the national redistricting director at Common Cause, which brought the suit on behalf of the North Carolina voters, said in a statement. “Until we prohibit partisan gerrymandering, a true representative democracy will remain out of reach and the voices of all Americans will continue to be silent.”

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