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Organizations Working on This Issue

A variety of organizations advocate for stronger voting rights. Listed below are several major national organizations that work on this issue, providing legal and other expertise as well as helping to organize campaigns state by state. The staffs and websites of these organizations provide a wealth of information and analysis about campaign finance reform on both the state and federal levels.

Brennan Center for Justice

New York University 161 Avenue of the Americas, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013
brennancenter.org
(626) 292-8310

President: Michael Waldman

The Brennan Center is a nonpartisan law and policy institute at New York University that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. Its work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism.

Campaign Legal Center

1411 K St. NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20005
202-736-2200 (o); (202) 736-2201 (o)
campaignlegalcenter.org

President and General Counsel – Trevor Potter
Executive Director, Gerry Hebert ghebert@campaignlegalcenter.org
Policy Director, Meredith McGehee mmcgehee@campaignlegalcenter.org
Senior Counsel on State Laws – Paul Seamus Ryan pryan@campaignlegalcenter.org

The Campaign Legal Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that protects and strengthens our democracy in the areas of campaign finance, voting rights, political communication and government ethics.

Common Cause

1133 19th Street NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-1200
commoncause.org

President: Miles Rapoport
Senior Vice President for Programs: Karen Hobert Flynn
Director of State Operations: James Browning

Common Cause, is a nonpartisan citizens advocacy group that is fighting to inmsure that every adult American has easy access to the ballot and that every vote is counted as cast. It works to strengthen laws that protect voting rights, make voting systems secure, reliable and verifiable, and ensure that every voter has an equal say in elections. It has staff and chapters in 35 states and members in all 50 states. The Common Cause website has a map that you click on to see if there is a chapter near you.

Demos

220 Fifth Ave,. 2nd Flr.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 633-1405
demos.org

Heather McGee, President

Demos means “the People.” It is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. It has nine specialist and experts working on Voting Rights and Voter Registration.

FairVote

6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 610
Takoma Park, Maryland
fairvote.org

Executive Director: Rob Richie, RR@FairVote.org
Development Director: Cynthia Terrell, CT@FairVote.org

CFairVote seeks to make representative democracy fair, functional, and representative by developing the analysis and educational tools necessary for its reform partners to secure and sustain improvements to American elections. Operating since 1992, FairVotes is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a history of working with scholars, civic leaders, policymakers, and journalists from across the spectrum.

League of Women Voters

1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 200036-4508
(202) 429-1965
lwv.org

President: Elisabeth MacNamara
Chief Operating Officer: Anisa Tootia
Executive Director: Wylecia Wiggs Harris, wharris@lwv.org
Senior Director, Elections/E-Democracy: Jeanette Senecal, Senior Director, jsenecal@lwv.org
Program Manager, Elections/E-Democracy: Maggie Bush, Program manager, mbush@lwv.org
Senior Director, Field Support/Membership: Cheryl Graeve, cgraeve@lwv.org
Senior Director, Communications: Kelly Cebalos, kebalos@lwv.org (202) 263-1331

The League of Women Voters is committed to making democracy work for voters through programs of promoting voter registration, working to reduce the influence of large-donor money in political campaigns, and seeking to reform political gerrymandering that favors one party over the other or protects incumbent office holders. It has combined forces with Common Cause and other organizations in organizing voter referendums and filing lawsuits.

Rock the Vote

1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 2009
(202) 719-9910
rockthevote.com

President: Carolyn DeWitt
Director of Marketing and Partnerships: Kiki Burger
Director of Civic Technology and Policy: Jen Tolentino

Rock the Vote is the largest nonprofit and nonpartisan organization in the United States devoted to the youth vote to the polls. The organization has pioneered ways to make voting easier for young adults by simplifying and demystifying voter registration and elections.

The United State Elections Project (Website)

223 Anderson Hall
P.O. Box 117325
Gainesville, FL 32611
electproject.org

Associate Professor University of Florida Department of Political Science (Principal Investigator): Michael P. McDonald, (352)-273-2371, michael.mcdonald@ufl.edu

The mission of the project is to provide timely and accurate election statistics, electoral laws, research reports, and other useful information regarding the United States electoral system. By providing this information, the project seeks to inform the people of the United States on how their electoral system works, how it may be improved, and how they can participate in it.

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