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CHANGE Illinois is a nonpartisan, nonprofit leading systemic government and election reforms. CHANGE (the Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics) champions ethical and efficient government and democracy and includes a diverse group of civic, philanthropic, business, labor, professional, and nonprofit organizations representing millions of Illinoisans. CHANGE Illinois works in collaboration with like-minded reform organizations, playing a leadership role in convening and facilitating efforts around shared policy agendas. The coalition works to improve challenges that undermine our democracy, including gerrymandering, restricted ballot access, voter suppression, uncompetitive elections, corruption, lack of government transparency and unethical lobbying, all of which have led to disillusionment and a decrease in civic participation.

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The single transferable vote explained.

How multimember districts could end partisan gerrymandering

Dan Eckam is a Texas software developer and graphic designer. Last year he self-published "Beyond Two Parties: Why America Needs a Multiparty System and How We Can Have It."

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'Capturing the Flag' Screening and Discussion

Organizers: Feminist Majority Foundation, Ms. Magazine, Girls Learn International, Andrew Goodman Foundation and Common Cause

Register now for a virtual screening of "Capturing the Flag," a documentary that shares the story of three activists who worked to combat voter suppression in Cumberland County, N.C., in 2016, and a live town hall on how to make a difference during the 2020 elections season.

"Capturing The Flag" is an urgent cautionary tale that documents what's in store for the fast approaching election of 2020, and a close-up look of American democracy at its most vulnerable point. Through the intimate experiences of the film's citizen volunteers — and the hundreds of voters they try to assist — the human dimension of democracy comes into focus. The screening will be followed by a live town hall with:

  • Sylvia Albert, director of voting and elections at Common Cause;
  • Alexandria "Alex" Harris, executive director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation; and
  • Courtney Cardin, who directs nonprofit partnerships and influencer engagement for Power the Polls.
Location: Virtual

'Slay the Dragon' - Film Screening & Panel Discussion on Gerrymandering

Organizer: Fix Democracy First and Meaningful Movies Project

Join Fix Democracy First and Meaningful Movies Project for an online film screening and panel discussion on gerrymandering with "Slay the Dragon," a 2019 documentary film about gerrymandering in the United States directed by Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance. The film follows citizens' groups as they work to end the practice of gerrymandering, which they see as undermining democracy. It features Katie Fahey, the activist who founded Voters Not Politicians and led a successful grassroots campaign to ban partisan gerrymandering in Michigan. View trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGdCxOM1A20

Location: Webinar

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A volunteer registers a voter during a curbside registration drive in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend.

New coalition on the left to fight suppression and misinformation

Sixteen liberal political and organizing groups are joining forces with Let America Vote — a democracy reform organization that fights big money and voter suppression — to create a coalition dedicated to getting all Americans access to the information they need to vote this November.

While many of these groups typically focus on other issues — like gun violence prevention, abortion rights and veterans' benefits — they are joining forces for the next two months as a part of the Save the Vote campaign in hopes of making voting safer and easier.

The coalition will share messaging and grassroots organizing efforts to battle misinformation and keep voters abreast of the work being done to guarantee the election is safe, secure and fair. The presumed hope is that will benefit like-minded voters, whose ballots will break solidly for Joe Biden and other Democrats.

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