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Last week, the Nevada Secretary of State’s office announced that the state will change their voter registration forms after CLC sent a letter informing the state that their forms may be effectively depriving people with past convictions of their right to vote by failing to provide accurate information about their eligibility. Nevada joins a growing...

A bill that will enact Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) in Massachusetts is advancing in the state legislature. Evidence from other states with AVR suggests this legislation will improve participation and access to the ballot box while also increasing efficiency and lowering election administration costs. In other words, AVR is a long overdue...

The D.C. Council yesterday unanimously passed the Fair Elections Act, and now the bill heads to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s desk to be signed into law.

D.C.’s measure follows a long line of states and localities that have passed public financing laws, or citizen-funded elections, making it clear Americans want every voice heard in the political...

Last November, Seattle’s Democracy Voucher program completed its first election, and post-election analyses to date have been extremely encouraging. Consistent with the initial signs of success, the numbers continue to show that 2017 donors in Seattle were more numerous, more diverse, and younger than ever before.

These results didn’t happen...

The case Gill v. Whitford pending before the U.S. Supreme Court was brought by 12 Democrats after the Republicans in the Wisconsin State Assembly manipulated the state's voting map to stay in power. 

However, the issue of partisan gerrymandering crosses party lines. Both Republicans and Democrats have been guilty of the practice, which is...

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I met with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings to discuss 13 policy recommendations to strengthen the government ethics program. CLC released these policy ideas publicly on November 9, 2017. 

Each recommendation represents a real opportunity to achieve bipartisan reform to...

Issues

During a week fraught with concern stemming from the aftermath of Saturday’s tragedy in Charlottesville, most people around the country were not paying attention to the United States Senate primary in Alabama on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions had very low turnout, in the 10-15...

Last week, the Campaign Legal Center and American University’s Washington College of Law wrapped up the first annual Voting Rights Law Institute.  The four-night Institute afforded law students and practitioners training on enforcement of voting rights law, particularly cases brought to enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and the Fourteenth...