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Democrats are committed to reining in the power of special interests and ensuring free and fair elections in which every American has a voice. Now, at a time when millions of Americans are struggling to get by, corporations and super PACs run by people like Karl Rove are unleashing hundreds of millions of dollars in special-interest advertising intended to tip the balance in elections.

Democrats have fought to limit the influence of special interests and have proposed tough disclosure rules that would bring these shadow groups into the light.

But Republicans have prevented these reforms from even coming to a vote in the Senate. They’ve instead chosen to defend big corporations and special interests at the cost of open and fair elections.

The American people have the right to know the names and motives of those trying to influence the election of leaders who represent them. Transparent elections are the hallmark of a free society, and Democrats are committed to a democracy in which all of us have an equal voice.

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  • Claim vs. Reality: Refuting False Republican Claims on Voter Fraud

    On July 14, 2011, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus held a conference call with conservative bloggers and Republican leaders to perpetuate the myth of widespread voter fraud in American elections. Following this call, Priebus circulated misinformation that made the same erroneous claims used by Republican state legislatures to support harsh photo ID requirements in more than 30 states.

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  • The College Democrats of America Celebrate the 26th Amendment's Fortieth Anniversary

    On March 9, 1970, Senator Ted Kennedy spoke to the importance of lowering the voting age to 18 in testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments: "By lowering the voting age we will improve the overall quality of our electorate, and make it more truly representative of our society. By adding our youth to the electorate, we will gain a group of enthusiastic, sensitive, idealistic and vigorous new voters." In 2008, young people embodied the spirit of Kennedy's words, voting in historic records to elect President Barack Obama.

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  • "It's Our Future"

    Like so many Americans, the three words that got Max O'Beirne motivated to become politically active were "Yes, we can." Yet O'Beirne was only 15 years old at the time—not old enough to drive, much less cast a vote.

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Protecting the Vote The Real Cost of Photo ID Laws: Read the Report
Recent Action
Vetoing suppressive photo identification laws
May 26, 2011
Gov. Dayton of Minnesota vetoed S0509, a law that would have required government-issued photo ID in order to vote.
Vetoing suppressive photo identification laws
Gov. Dayton of Minnesota vetoed S0509, a law that would have required government-issued photo ID in order to vote.
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