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- Coming Events
- CG4TX January 2018 meeting: “Endorsed by God? Blending Religion and Politics” 2018/01/07
- CG4TX November 2017 Meeting on Weather and Climate in Texas and Beyond 2017/11/07
- CG4TX October 2017 meeting on CodeNEXT from multiple district perspectives 2017/10/23
- CG4TX September 2017 meeting on the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities 2017/10/10
- The new front in the gerrymandering wars 2017/09/28
Category Archives: Electoral reform
Last week, I was honored to participate in a panel discussion sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Dallas, on ways of increasing voter participation. Also on the panel were Dr. Matthew Wilson, professor of political science at Southern … Continue reading
Our drive to elect Presidents by popular vote continues with an op-ed written by Elaine Wiant (president, League of Women Voters of Texas) and myself. In it, we explain how the Electoral College makes most Americans’ votes less relevant in … Continue reading
We’ve been closely following two bills that have been referred to the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility: HB 496 (Rep. I. Minjarez) calls on Texas to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. HCR 34 (Rep. R. Anchia) calls … Continue reading
Common Ground for Texans hosted a community conversation on Sept 6, 2014 titled “Should Austin’s redistricting plan be duplicated in other Texas cities?” Craig Tounget, the former Executive Director of the Austin Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, participated on our panel. … Continue reading
We have some good news! Rep. Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio) has submitted a bill for Texas to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The bill number is HB 496. Please email, call, or write to your state rep to … Continue reading
We’re working hard to get Texas to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), and wanted to give you a quick update. Over the past few weeks, we’ve met with ten Representatives and Senators at the state capitol, and … Continue reading
At our November 13 board meeting, the Common Ground for Texans board of directors voted to advocate for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), a state-level statutory measure to make sure that the presidency goes to the candidate with … Continue reading
Two prominent topics in yesterday’s monthly CG4TX meeting (12 November) were the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact as a way to neutralize the Electoral College, which allows a candidate to win the Presidency while losing the popular vote, as happened in the … Continue reading
On January 16, 2016 Common Ground hosted a discussion led by Sara E. Smith, staff attorney for Environment Texas, on the Austin Fair Campaign Chapter (AFCC), its shortcomings, and possible alternatives to it. It became clear within just a few … Continue reading
Last month, the Virginia Republican Party asked the state’s election board to require Republican voters to sign a loyalty pledge to accompany their ballot in the March 1 primary. The request was approved. The statement will read, “My signature below … Continue reading