The impact of your support
Common Cause Education Fund has united more than 1,200,000 grassroots activists in our mission to hold power accountable. Our pro-democracy initiatives will yield significant returns—measured by increased voter turnout, fair district maps, reduction in special interest influence, and a government abiding by the highest ethical standards. These outcomes are the characteristics of a truly representative democracy where every citizen’s voice is heard, and civic barriers are removed.
With your support, we can:
Why this work is important
Throughout America’s history, we have consistently failed to live up to the promises of our Constitution. More than 200 years of discrimination, disenfranchisement and voter suppression have erected systemic barriers to participation for people of color, youth, immigrants and other historically marginalized communities. From voter purges, to voter ID laws, to targeted closure of polling places, some states and local governments are doing everything they can to make it harder for some people to vote. However, amid these challenges to our democracy, Americans in states and cities across our nation have responded with a robust push to expand democratic rights and access for all. Breakthrough reforms—including many crafted by our attorneys—would expand voting rights, improve representation, reduce the outsized influence of special interests in our elections, hold powerful leaders accountable to the people, and better ensure that our government is of, by and for the people.
Our track record
CCEF was founded in 2000 as a crucial line of defense for voters against suppression tactics, confusing laws and outdated infrastructure. In 2018, our staff led or engaged in field efforts in 22 states to ensure election administrators addressed issues promptly. We trained and deployed more than 6,500 volunteers to assist voters via phone, text, social media and in person at the polls to help them overcome obstacles to voting. We also prevailed in litigation around voter purges and the processing of provisional ballots in Georgia, as well as during the recount process in Florida.