As election officials brace for record-breaking voter turnout on Election Day, a close examination of voting preparedness in 10 swing states shows that significant problems in the basic functions of the American election administration system persist, and in a few cases have worsened over the last few years, a new report by Common Cause and The Century Foundation shows.

The report, "Voting in 2008: 10 Swing States", examined what, if any, progress has been made since 2006 in seven battleground states: Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In addition, Colorado, New Mexico and Virginia, whose new status as likely swing states, and the potential for election administration difficulties, have also been included.

See state-by-state charts detailing voter registration, voter identification, caging and challenges, deceptive practices, provisional ballots, voting...

State Organizations

Since 1972, Common Cause state staff and volunteers have won hard-fought victories for reform at the state and local levels. These include the passage of tough campaign financing laws, initiatives requiring government to conduct the public's business in the open, and measures requiring high ethical standards for elected and appointed officials.

Snapshot of Student Voting

By Tova Andrea Wang
vice president for research at Common Cause, Kristen Oshyn, The Century Foundation

Posted on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 11:16:32 AM EST

In an election cycle that witnessed an increase in young voter turnout across the country during the primaries, Rock the Vote (RTV) predicts that young voters will turn out in such high numbers in four states in November that their votes will impact the outcome of those states's elections.

Millennials Mobilize to Address Money

By Ian Storrar

Posted on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 03:15:10 PM EST

Thanks to sponsorship by the Sunlight Foundation and Common Cause, Mobilize.org is bringing Millennials together to address the critical issue of Money In Politics. On September 19-21, 2008, our organization will be holding our national summit on Money in Politics, the Democracy 2.0 Entrepreneur Grant Summit. We are looking for Millennials to come and discuss...

Media and Democracy

Meet the New Boss... Same as the Old Boss

Randall Stephenson is the new chief executive officer of AT&T, taking over from Ed Whitacre - the executive who unwittingly kicked off the ongoing national debate over net neutrality. This report gives a brief history of Stephenson's career, political contributions and his position on the issue of Internet freedom.

Who Is Warren Bell?

The founders of public broadcasting envisioned the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to consist of "distinguished and public-spirited citizens" possessing "the various areas of talent and experience appropriate to this enterprise." Does Warren Bell fit that definition?

A Tale of Five Cities: Why the Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-Ownership Ban Should be Preserved

This report describes the real-world harm that can result when one company owns the local newspaper and its dominant television and/or radio stations.