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Maybe you've heard of ranked choice voting (RCV)—it's been passed in Alaska and Maine, and many cities and localities across the country use it, too—but you’re unsure what it’s about. 

Or maybe you haven’t heard about it at all! 

CLC has you covered. 

We’ve put together a short video explaining ranked choice voting: what it is, how it...

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and a coalition of voting rights advocacy groups are urging Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to institute a series of key voting rights reforms to make voting safer and more secure.

With a pivotal Senate runoff election in Georgia scheduled for Jan. 5, 2021, and with COVID-19 cases surging throughout...

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On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Trump v. New York—a case with high stakes about how government representation will be apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Electoral College for the next decade.

The central question is whether President Trump can unilaterally exclude undocumented immigrants from...

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President Trump has reached out directly to Republican state legislators from Michigan and invited them to the White House on Friday for discussions as the state prepares to certify President-elect Joe Biden, who won the state by over 145,000 votes.

The certification of election results is a formality – the public announcement of what the voters...

Last month, Sen. Lindsey Graham solicited campaign contributions while on government property in the final days of his 2020 Senate race, in violation of federal law and Senate ethics rules. Now, Sen. Kelly Loeffler has committed the same offense. Will the Senate Ethics Committee stop this pattern, or will their silence on the issue green light the...

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Many people are wondering whether the 2020 general election is officially over. While all the votes have been cast and national media outlets called the presidential race for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris back on Nov. 6, there are still several things that need to happen before the results are official. So what...

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Alaska voters have propelled the state forward by enacting comprehensive democracy reform with wide-reaching effects on state elections.

By passing Ballot Measure 2, Alaskans will know the true source of election spending by shining light on the sources of dark money, as well as providing voters with greater choice in their elections through...

Today, the U.S. Senate will consider the nominations of three new commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The FEC has a critical role. It is the only government agency exclusively charged with enforcing and administering the nation’s anti-corruption laws, such as those requiring transparency in political spending.

Restor...

The 2020 general election saw record voter turnout, breaking records for the highest number of votes cast for a presidential candidate, as well as the number of votes cast for the losing candidate. 

This was made possible by safe, secure voting policies that were adopted in most states to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. These...

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The 2020 general election is projected to have had the highest voter turnout in more than a century—since the election of 1900, when William McKinley won reelection and a much smaller portion of the U.S. population was even eligible to vote. 

Faced with a global pandemic, voters showed up in record numbers. As of this writing, around 160 million...

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Who Is Paying for Trump’s Lawsuits and Recounts?

The 2020 election cost a record-breaking $14 billion—but legal costs are continuing to pile up in the wake of Election Day, with the Trump campaign filing longshot lawsuits across the country and recounts planned in multiple states.

Who is footing the bill?

For the most part, these legal...

The basis of American democracy is that we pick our leaders. The most important outcome of this election is not who wins or loses, but that votes are counted accurately, and the candidate chosen by the voters is elected. 

Braving a pandemic, voters have done their job by turning out to vote in record numbers, and hardworking election officials...

Oregon voters have spoken and have made it resoundingly clear that their state government is not for sale. Specifically, Oregonians approved Measure 107, which amends the state’s constitution to explicitly allow contribution limits for state and local elections.

Supporters of Measure 107 succeeded in breaking gridlock thanks to the public...

H.R. 8718, a bill to extend the statute of limitations for those who violate campaign finance laws and ensure that they are held accountable, has been introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier to the U.S. House of Representatives. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) endorsed the legislation.

Currently, there is a five-year statute of limitations for both...

As votes for the 2020 general election continue to get counted, it is clear that Virginia’s amendment to reform gerrymandering has passed. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has been a leading national advocate for the passage of this amendment, supporting local partner OneVirginia 2021 throughout the process. 

Voters have said loud and clear that they...

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We are used to having more information on election night, but this year (in more ways than one) will be a little different. The pandemic not only changed how we interact with one another; it has also had a huge impact on this year’s election season.

We saw record high turnout for early in-person voting across the nation and voters have also...

Recent campaign finance reports reveal that Lance Harris, a Louisiana state legislator and a candidate in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, is bankrolling a super PAC that’s supporting his run for the U.S. House, and Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Until this fall, the super PAC...

Senior Trump administration officials have repeatedly violated laws and norms that protect Americans from the perils of the revolving door. Today, CLC filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General regarding another administration official who seems to have broken financial disclosure requirements and ethics rules.

Eri...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has long called for a functioning Federal Election Commission (FEC), with commissioners who are committed to the fair and effective enforcement of campaign finance law. 

The FEC’s well-documented dysfunction has been exacerbated this election cycle by a lack of quorum, which prevented the agency from being able to...

Trevor Potter, president of Campaign Legal Center (CLC), recently participated in the National Task Force on Election Crises panel “What Happens Next: Election Task Force Experts Detail Key Flashpoints” where he explained the procedures and deadlines in place that will allow voters’ voices to be heard in the November election.

In the period...

Government contractors are prohibited from making political contributions – a long-standing ban put in place to prevent influence-peddling and corruption in the contracting process. Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed six complaints alleging that active federal contractors violated the ban by giving money to super political action committees...