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Voting & Elections 01.18.2022

San Antonio Express-News: Texas Secretary of State scrambles to address mail ballot application problems as deadline looms

The issue has drawn the ire of voting rights groups like Common Cause and the League of Women Voters who have for years pushed the state to move to allow online voter registration. Texas is one of eight states that does not offer it. The League depends on the state's paper copies to provide new citizens with the forms in their welcome packets at naturalization ... ceremonies. "This is a problem that's easily solvable," said Common Cause executive director Anthony Gutierrez. "We ask that the state immediately take steps to fix this problem that they have manufactured. It's time for the state of Texas to join the 21st century, and the rest of the country, and provide online voter registration to every eligible voter in Texas."

Voting & Elections 01.17.2022

Texas Public Radio: Texas election officials blame new voting law for rise in rejected mail-in ballot applications

“As things stand now, about half of those voters are being blocked from having their voices heard,” Stephanie Gomez, the associate director at Common Cause Texas, said in a statement. “If this isn’t fixed, this single provision of SB 1 could block up to a half-million Texans from voting by mail this year.” “In the meantime, we urge all Texans to be your own advocates for your freedom to vote,” added Gomez. “While the politicians in charge are determined to make it as hard as possible to vote, Common Cause Texas is ramping up our Texas-sized election protection to ensure our communities can make their voice heard at the ballot box.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer (Op-Ed): A second chance for fair maps in Ohio

These decisions by the Ohio Supreme Court are tremendous wins for every Ohio voter, and for all Americans whose voting rights are being undermined by shameless gerrymandering. No politicians should be given carte blanche to cherry-pick and distort rules to maintain their power, to undermine democracy for the sake of partisan gain.

Voting & Elections 01.14.2022

Wisconsin State Journal (Op-Ed): The war on voting is doomed to fail

This country needs to have two or more vibrant political parties contesting elections and trying to win the battle of ideas by persuading voters that their proposals are best. But when one of the major political parties doesn’t really believe in elections and in democracy, then it follows that it can’t possibly win the hearts and minds of citizens at the ballot box because the outcome of free and fair elections doesn’t really matter to them. That sick mindset will eventually destroy that party. If it ceases to believe in elections, then it will cease to be able to win them. The great majority of Wisconsinites and Americans will never adopt that cynical and destructive vision. It’s up to Republicans to dramatically change direction and to again work to strengthen democracy instead of trying to destroy it.

Associated Press: Ohio Supreme Court rejects GOP-drawn congressional map

“The manipulation of districts is the manipulation of elections and voters have had enough,” said Catherine Turcer, executive director of Common Cause Ohio, a plaintiff. “We expect legislative leaders to learn from their mistakes and finally listen to the people’s call for fair maps.”

Philadelphia Inquirer/Spotlight PA: Voters could be flooded with proposed changes to the Pa. Constitution in 2023

“It’s very partisan in nature and really reflects the attempt to advance an agenda that was unsuccessful through typical, ethical democratic means,” said Khalif Ali, executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania, a good-government organization. “It’s a process in place for a reason and to go around that erodes democracy.” “I would say that anytime that a branch of government circumvents the function of another branch of government, we have some real concerns about the constitutionality and legality of that move,” Ali said.

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