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Voting & Elections 08.24.2021

House Passes and Senate Must Follow in Passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to Protect Every American’s Freedom to Vote

The House took a critically important step today toward protecting the freedom of every American to vote by passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The Senate must follow suit and pass this legislation to repair and strengthen the landmark Voting Rights Act which played a key role in beating back the racist and discriminatory Jim Crow laws . New discriminatory voting laws, designed to strip Black and Brown communities of political clout by making it harder for them to vote, are once again being passed after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013. This year, 18 states have already enacted 30 restrictive voting bills that make it harder for Americans to have a say in choosing our elected leaders.

Voting & Elections 08.23.2021

Common Cause Urges U.S. House Members to Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Common Cause is urging every member of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote “yes” on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) to protect the freedom to vote of every American at a time when voting rights are under attack. The letter emphasizes that already this year, 18 states have enacted 30 restrictive voting bills that make it harder for Americans – particularly in Black and Brown communities - to have a say in choosing their elected leaders. The letter also notes that Common Cause plans to key-vote this legislation in our Democracy Scorecard, which we send to our 1.5 million members. 

Voting & Elections 08.17.2021

John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is Critical to Protecting Every American’s Freedom to Vote

It is critically important that Congress pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect the freedom to vote of every American. The legislation, introduced today in the United States House of Representatives, will repair much of the damage done to the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts. In concert with the For the People Act, this legislation will curb the coordinated effort by Republican state legislatures across the country to silence Black and Brown voters who showed up in record numbers last year to vote. Already this year, 18 states have enacted 30 restrictive voting bills that make it harder for Americans to have a say in choosing our elected leaders.

08.12.2021

U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2020 Census Demographic Data to Kick Off Redistricting 2021

The Census data release is one of the most important days for American democracy. With this information, states and localities can begin the redistricting process that will shape our elections for the next ten years. The Census data will provide the information our communities need to draw fair maps and ensure everyone is represented in our government.

08.11.2021

Common Cause New York Board Member John “Sean” Coffey Nominated for General Counsel of the Department of the Navy

“Sean has been an integral part of our Common Cause New York team for more than a decade. We are delighted he has been nominated by President Biden, and we look forward to his confirmation."

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