Take Action

Welcome to PFFE’s Take Action page. Here you will find opportunities to make your voice heard about issues related to fair, transparent and accessible elections.

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Posted July 9:

Nonprofit organizations are calling for grassroots support of the DISCLOSE Act currently being mulled in the U.S. Senate – a bill that supporters say will crack down on what’s known as “dark money” by requiring organizations that spend money to influence elections to disclose that spending, as well as their major sources of funding in a timely manner.

In short: The DISCLOSE Act will require political groups to list publicly their big donors, so voters can at least know who is trying to sway their opinions.

Here’s what’s happening: Public Citizen –a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization – is one of those organizations calling for action.

On the “action center” section of its website, the nonprofit explained:

“If a group is trying to influence your vote, then you should know who is paying them to do so.

That is the commonsense principle behind the DISCLOSE Act (S. 3369, H.R. 4010) – a bill to require that the identities of those who fund election-season political ads be disclosed to the public, regardless of whether that funding comes from corporations, labor unions or millionaires and billionaires.”

To tell your senator to support the DISCLOSE Act, Public Citizen provides this method to do so.

Posted July 1:

Myriad nonpartisan, nonprofit groups are urging voters to take action regarding the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014.

Here’s what’s happening: Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that a key provision in the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act to be unconstitutional in a decision known as Shelby vs. Holder.  That ruling says states with a history of chronic racial discrimination no longer needed to get Justice Department approval for changes to voting rules.

The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, among other things, would “modernize the coverage formula for pre-clearance to ensure it is based on recent acts of discrimination and provide narrow mechanisms to prevent discrimination in voting nationwide. It also provides a national notification system to keep voters up-to-date on changes related to upcoming elections,” according to the League of Women Voters, which is one of the organizations calling for grassroots action.

To voice your support for the Voting Rights Amendment Act, click on this link to identify and craft a message to your elected officials.

 

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