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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.”

Money & Influence 11.16.2018

TIME / Center for Public Integrity: GOP Megadonor Miriam Adelson is Winning a Medal. But are Republicans Losing the Political Money War?

“Both major parties have a dependence on big money donors that undermines democracy,” said Paul S. Ryan, vice president for policy and litigation at the nonprofit watchdog group Common Cause.

Washington Post: Maryland appeals partisan gerrymandering decision to Supreme Court

“To not hear this case would be a bad outcome because we would end up with a ruling that only applies to Maryland,” said Damon Effingham, executive director of Common Cause Maryland. “It would still be incredibly difficult to get the reforms that we’re hoping for.”

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.

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