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Voting & Elections 10.22.2020

New Results: Common Cause Releases “Our Democracy 2020” Candidate Surveys

Common Cause today released the results of its Our Democracy 2020 candidate surveys. More than 200 candidates for Congress, including in certain swing House and Senate races, responded on how they promise to defend and strengthen our democracy.


Stephen Spaulding Returns to Common Cause as the Dramatic 116th Congress Awaits Judgment of Voters

Media & Democracy 10.15.2020

FCC Announcement to Regulate Speech on Social Media Facilitates Election Disinformation and Undermines Democracy

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai issued a statement announcing that the FCC will move forward with a rulemaking to clarify the scope of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The announcement follows an Executive Order from the President and a petition for rulemaking from the Department of Commerce directing the FCC to adopt rules that set conditions on when Section 230 grants social media platforms a liability shield when they moderate content on their sites and when they do not.

CENSUS COUNT ENDS TODAY: Community leaders nationwide decry effect of Supreme Court Ruling and Call on Congress to Save the Census 

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed a federal District Court decision and allowed the government to stop counting households two weeks earlier than planned. In a media briefing call today, community leaders described how their states would be affected by the sudden end to census counting and shortened data processing timeline.

Voting & Elections 10.14.2020

30,000+ Grassroots Election Volunteers Recruited by Common Cause for 2020, Millions of Voters Contacted

In the runup to Election Day, Common Cause, with help from our Election Protection coalition partners, has recruited tens of thousands of nonpartisan volunteers to assist and protect voters during the 2020 election. The ranks of volunteers continue to grow daily through ProtectTheVote.net and have already more than quadrupled the totals from 2016 and 2018. The nonpartisan volunteers are already monitoring early voting sites, assisting voters, tracking and removing social media disinformation online, and even helping voters with ballot curing so that their votes will be counted as they intended. 

Supreme Court Green Lights Trump Administration’s Ploy to Shut Down Census Early; Senate Must Act

Every American deserves a voice in our democracy. Today’s U.S. Supreme Court stay of a lower court order allows the Trump administration to shut down the census early. With potentially millions of Americans still uncounted, this Supreme Court decision is a blow to our democracy.

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