Last Updated: 7/26/2022
Total Responses: 3,391

CommonSense Americans

Support Legislation That Will Build Trust in Elections

Electoral Count Act

Linking Election Measures

Election Worker Protection

Presidential Transition Act

State & Local Funding

Electoral Count Act

For over a century, the procedures that Congress followed to count the votes in the Electoral College on January 6 following a presidential election amounted to a mere formality. After all, any questions about the vote had been resolved weeks in advance. In the past two decades, however, that has changed. The congressional certification of the electors of each state is no longer simply a ceremonial formality.

Clarifying the Vice President's Roles

Do you support or oppose clarifying that the Vice President has only ceremonial and procedural responsibilities?

Each Party Underestimates the Amount of Support by the Other Party

90
SUPPORT
66
GOP Perception of

DEM Support

98
Actual

DEM Support

41
DEM Perception of

GOP Support

81
Actual

GOP Support

Congress Must Honor Courts' Rulings

Do you support or oppose clarifying that Congress must honor courts’ rulings in ECA disputes?
79
SUPPORT

Clarifying the Limited Grounds for Objections

Do you support or oppose clarifying the limited grounds for objections?
78
SUPPORT

Clarifying Post Election Day Limits

Do you support or oppose clarifying that after Election Day a state legislature may only provide a new means to choose electors if there has been a major natural disaster or a similarly catastrophic event?
80
SUPPORT

Raising Threshold for Objections to 1/4

Do you support or oppose raising the threshold for objections to one-quarter of both the House and the Senate?
75
SUPPORT

CommonSense Americans do NOT Want Electoral Count Act Updates to be Held Hostage

We asked our members: Do you support or oppose Electoral Count Act updates even if Congress does not pass other elections measures that you support?

87
SUPPORT

Electoral Count Act - Dashboard

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CommonSense American's Messages to Congress

Representative responses about the "Electoral Count Act"

Linking Election Measures

Should Elections Proposals Be Tied Together?

A Strong Bipartisan Majority Says NO

We asked our members: Do you agree or disagree that elections legislation should be supported or opposed on its own merits independent of whether other elections measures also pass?

88
SUPPORT

DEMOCRAT

89
SUPPORT

INDEPENDENT

90
SUPPORT

REPUBLICAN

84
SUPPORT

CommonSense Americans Believe

It’s Important That Congress Acts Now

To Increase Trust in Elections

Read messages from CommonSense Americans to members of Congress below:

Presidential Transition Act

Two elections in the last twenty years have brought attention to the challenge of presidential transitions. In both 2000 and 2020, the official determination by the federal government of who the president-elect was took place several weeks after the election. As a result, the additional resources provided to an incoming administration to prepare to govern under the Presidential Transition Act (PTA) were delayed. Below are three recommendations to amend the PTA to address the challenges to effective presidential transitions that were highlighted by these 2 elections.

Sharing Full Resources

Do you support or oppose sharing full transition resources with both candidates if ascertainment is delayed?

68
SUPPORT

Criteria for Ascertainment

Do you support or oppose requiring the GSA Administrator to ascertain the apparent winner upon the first to occur of multiple specified criteria?
71
SUPPORT

Bipartisan Advisory Board

Do you support or oppose creating a bipartisan advisory board that reports to the GSA Administrator when it has ascertained the apparent winner?
60
SUPPORT

Presidential Transition Act - Dashboard

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Election Worker Protection

Threats of violence and acts of intimidation directed toward election workers have increased significantly. Election workers include full- and part-time state and local election officials and the large temporary workforce who administer U.S. elections. The growing threat has contributed to staffing shortages and a loss of institutional knowledge because of increased election worker resignations and difficulty in recruiting new talent.

Rising concern for election workers’ security and the challenges it poses for accessible and secure elections have resulted in a growing bipartisan consensus that Congress should address the problem.

Federal Criminal Penalties

Do you support or oppose establishing federal criminal penalties for threatening, intimidating, or harassing election workers?

Each Party Underestimates the Amount of Support by the Other Party

81
SUPPORT
63
GOP Perception of DEM Support
97
Actual

DEM Support

40
DEM Perception of GOP Support
60
Actual

GOP Support

Federal Privacy Protection

Do you support or oppose extending federal privacy protections to all election workers?
84
SUPPORT

Increase Federal Investigation Resources

Do you support or oppose increasing federal resources for investigating and prosecuting threats to election workers and for keeping them informed about federal threats?
80
SUPPORT

Election Worker Protection - Dashboard

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CommonSense American's Messages to Congress

Representative responses about "Election Worker Protection"

State and Local Funding

The most universal complaint of election administrators in testimony before the 2014 Bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration concerned a lack of resources. Election administrators have described themselves as the least powerful lobby in state legislatures and often the last constituency to receive funds at the local level.
Given the issues with underfunding, bipartisan interest in providing more federal dollars to support state and local governments is growing. Republicans and Democrats alike want to be able to trust our elections.

$500 Million per Year

Do you support or oppose general funding of about $500 million each year over the next ten years for state and local governments to spend as they think most appropriate to administer elections?
62
SUPPORT

$400-500 Million (one-time)

Do you support or oppose new federal one-time funding of about $400 - $500 million to address specified pressing needs like election security?
61
SUPPORT

$1 Billion per Year

Do you support or oppose general funding of about $1 billion each year over the next ten years for state and local governments to spend as they think most appropriate to administer elections?
47
SUPPORT

$2Billion per Year

Do you support or oppose general funding of about $2 billion each year over the next ten years for state and local governments to spend as they think most appropriate to administer elections?
32
SUPPORT

State and Local Funding - Dashboard

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CommonSense American's Messages to Congress

Our members were asked, "Overall, What would you like to say to your members of Congress about Elections Legislation?" These are some representative responses for and against "State and Local Funding":

Comments FOR Federal Funding of State and Local Elections

Comments AGAINST Federal Funding of State and Local Elections

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