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Redistricting & representation won a historic victory in Common Cause v. lewis, which challenged partisan gerrymandering of north carolina state legislative districts as violative of the state constitution.released "whitewashing representation: how using citizenship data to gerrymander will undermine our democracy" report that explains what administrative data is, how it is used and what challenges can arise from its use in the 2020 census.in response to covid-19, Common Cause coordinated and submitted an amicus letter to secure court-ordered delay of California's redistricting deadlines to ensure that any delay in delivering population data to the states would not shorten the critical public testimony portion of the redistricting process.led several initiatives related to the 2020 census, including producing a resource that details the impact of modifying certain census deadlines, engaging members through social media outreach, and hosting webinars such as "democracy during coronavirus: saving the census. "multiple staff were named to statewide and/or local census "complete count committees"
Money in politics & ethics conducted research into the first decade of implementation of sweeping campaign finance reform, including small donor democracy program in connecticut.conducted thorough review of abuses of power, conflicts of interest, ethical challenges and special interest influence related to the trump administration's mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.watchdoged national and state elections to ensure that candidates and other political actors follow the rules and that rules are applied in a fair nonpartisan manner.wrote and published a report on the secretive corporate lobbying efforts of the american legislative exchange council (alec) in Texas.
Voting & elections created a report entitled, "zero disenfranchisement: the movement to restore voting rights" to highlight the importance of providing voting rights to previously incarcerated individuals who have served their timewrote a report, along with two allied organizations, entitled, "pilot implementation study of risk-limiting audit methods in the state of rhode island"wrote a report, along with a coalition partner, entitled, "the Colorado voting experience: a model that encourages full participation"