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Voting & Elections 08.17.2019

USA Today: Donald Trump is touting voter ID laws as an issue in the 2020 election. Here’s why.

"There are people who are properly registered in this state who, through no fault of their own, have no ID and may have problems getting one," said Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina. "It's regrettable that voting has become almost a partisan issue." 

Voting & Elections 08.12.2019

Governing: Are States Taking Cybersecurity Seriously Enough?

“Cabinet-level positions reflect priorities,” says John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, which is focused on election security. “Eliminating this independent office has lowered the priority of cybersecurity in Rhode Island state government.”

Associated Press: Court: GOP mapmaker’s files allowed in gerrymandering trial

A few dozen computer files recovered from the home of a deceased Republican redistricting consultant can be offered as evidence in next week’s partisan gerrymandering trial in North Carolina, state judges ruled on Friday. The three-judge panel presiding over the trial that starts Monday sided with the election reform group Common Cause, the North Carolina Democratic Party and registered Democratic voters who are suing Republican lawmakers and challenging state House and Senate boundaries drawn in 2017.

Associated Press: Files from dead mapmaker focus of NC redistricting hearing

Common Cause's lawyers told a three-judge panel they want to use only 35 of those documents in the trial, scheduled to begin July 15. They say the files will bolster their arguments that Republican legislators drew state legislative districts in August 2017 with excessive partisan intent, in violation of the state constitution.

Associated Press: NC redistricting fight turns to state courts after ruling

“We are confident that justice will prevail in the North Carolina courts,” said Bob Phillips with the North Carolina office of Common Cause, which is a plaintiff in both matters. “And we will continue to work with state lawmakers to reform our broken redistricting system that has left far too many without a voice in Raleigh.”

Washington Post: Supreme Court says federal courts don’t have a role in deciding partisan gerrymandering claims

“In a democracy, voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around, on Election Day,” said Common Cause National Redistricting Director Kathay Feng. “But the Supreme Court today gave the green light to the most extreme partisan gerrymanders, where legislators openly boasted about their partisan motives, stripping not only the people of North Carolina and Maryland, but all Americans, of the right to fair representation.”

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