The freedom to vote is a core American value, giving each
of us a say in the direction of our country and our community. But
defending that freedom against the the Pence-Kobach commission’s threats
to our rights depends on you -- your activism and your engagement. And by standing together, we’ve already made a real impact.That’s why I’m rushing you this update about our response to the Pence-Kobach “election integrity” commission, and how you can help fight back -- I hope you’ll read to the end.
President Trump has claimed -- without evidence -- that
millions of people voted illegally in 2016. Concerns only grew when
Trump tried to back up his lies by putting notorious vote suppressor
Kris Kobach in charge of a new commission that could pave the way for
new, nationwide voting restrictions.
Since then, the commission has tried to collect and store
voters’ private information (an illegal practice we’re suing to end --
more on that below) and completely ignored what we can do to encourage more eligible Americans -- not fewer -- to participate in our democracy.
Here’s what we’re doing to respond to the Pence-Kobach commission, and how you can help:
Today, we are releasing “Flawed From The Start”
-- our new report that exposes the Pence-Kobach commission’s failures
-- and calls for a balanced and bipartisan serious effort to improve our
election systems and ensure every eligible American has a voice. The
report compares the Pence-Kobach commission’s flaws to previous
bipartisan commissions that advanced positive, proactive reforms that
better protected our right to vote and lowered barriers to
participation. Please take a moment to read our report, then share it far and wide!
Our lawsuit against the Pence-Kobach commission
under the federal Privacy Act is still going strong -- and has the
potential to end the Commission’s illegal data grab for good. You’ll be
the first to hear of any new developments. You can read more here.
We’re organizing actions for next Tuesday
when the commission holds its next meeting, including a Facebook Live
townhall that evening. We’ll use that energy to work with local election
officials in our communities to expand voting rights and modernize our
elections. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved with these efforts!
Finally, Common Cause members across the nation
are continuing to speak out against the Pence-Kobach commission by
submitting official public comments -- over 25,000 have already spoken
out. You can read the comments that have already been submitted on the commission’s website -- or submit a comment of your own!
The freedom to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy,
and every generation has struggled to defend and expand it. Now it’s our
turn -- and I’m so glad to have you on our side for this fight. It
takes every one of us to stand up for and defend our democracy, now more
Allegra Chapman, Director of Voting and Elections,