Elections

Issue One warns Congress of inaction on election funding, calls for passage of new legislation before August recess 

As the general election approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Issue One is making the case to Congress that states need resources now to avoid disaster in November.  “Issue One strongly urges you to support legislation to provide additional emergency funding to states and localities to ensure safe, secure, and credible elections in 2020 and to ensure that legislation is

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We cannot leave our elections to chance

In response to yesterday’s primary elections in Kentucky, New York, and around the nation, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman released the following statement: “These elections appear to have gone smoothly enough, despite widespread concern they would be marked by the dysfunction we’ve seen in Georgia, Wisconsin, and other elections.  It’s a relief we didn’t see major problems yesterday,

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Experts warn North Korea will likely attack the U.S. presidential election

Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chair and former Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) was interviewed by Fox News’ Eric Shawn this past weekend on “America’s News HQ” about the recent threat made by North Korea on the upcoming U.S. presidential election. The segment also highlighted our “Don’t Mess With US” project, which launched in 2019 in an effort to stop foreign

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States need more federal funding for elections, report finds

As the HEROES Act continues to be discussed in the Senate, we want to direct greater attention to “Ensuring Safe Elections Federal Funding Needs for State and Local Governments During the Pandemic.” This excellent, thorough, bipartisan report by the Brennan Center for Justice, R Street Institute, the Alliance for Securing Democracy, and University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy,

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A perfect storm of election chaos is brewing

Issue One statement on recent elections and the need for funding for states In response to reports of widespread election chaos experienced in Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., and other localities this week and last week, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Ambassador Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) released the following statement: “We simply cannot tolerate the

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Trey Trainor is the wrong choice for the FEC

Today, in the first week that the Senate is back in session, the Senate Rules Committee will consider the nomination of Trey Trainor to the Federal Election Commission, likely clearing the way for a full Senate vote.  In response to the news, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  “The FEC has gone far too long without

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Issue One statement on Senate Intelligence Committee report and the need to stop foreign interference in U.S. elections

In response to a report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee which unanimously found after a three-year review that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has confirmed what the intelligence community and democracy advocates have been saying all along: foreign adversaries seek to destabilize and

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Four things we learned from the newest House and Senate campaign finance filings

While the spread of coronavirus has upended the lives of Americans across the country and changed the nature of campaigns, congressional candidates are still facing pressure to fill their campaign coffers. Last week, all candidates filed new campaign finance reports, detailing their fundraising and expenditures between January 1 and March 31, 2020. Here are some key numbers to know, based

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Issue One joins crosspartisan coalition supporting transparency and oversight of coronavirus relief spending

This week, Issue One signed on to a crosspartisan letter to congressional leaders urging transparency and oversight of the forthcoming federal economic relief efforts amid the coronavirus crisis.  “Large-scale legislation that carries an unprecedented price tag necessitates an unprecedented level of independent oversight, not less,” officials from 32 groups across the ideological spectrum wrote in an April 6 letter addressed

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Issue One applauds downpayment on voting assistance in stimulus bill, calls on Congress to provide more resources in future measures

Following the announcement that the Phase III stimulus bill includes $400 million in election assistance to help states prepare for the 2020 election cycle, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Congress has just made a solid downpayment on making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and fair.  “While it falls short of the amount Senator Amy Klobuchar

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Congress needs to act immediately to provide states with the emergency federal funding they need to run safe, secure and credible elections in November. The previous federal funding was an important down payment, but reports from state and local election officials indicate substantially more federal emergency assistance is needed as soon as possible. Issue One and many others are working to convince Senators to vote in July for more funding so that our November elections are safe, secure, and fair.