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Anti-Corruption Forces Enjoy Banner Election Day

As the Republican and Democratic parties traded victories on election day, anti-corruption forces showed that the American people -- when given the chance -- overwhelmingly support accountability and fairness in the electoral system. Bridge Alliance member Represent.Us tracked 16 anti-corruption measures that were on various states’ ballots on Tuesday; 14(!) of these measures were voted into law, with 1 more ahead as of Wednesday. The successful measures touched on a variety of issues, including:

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A Report on the Members’ Summit….from our newest intern Shakira

Last week we told you about the Civvy awards -- where organizations were honored and celebrated for their collaborative work that elevates democratic practices and civic engagement in America. If you missed it, you can read that update here and read the winners’ stories here (<-- highly recommended!). The day before the Civvys, a number of Bridge Alliance members, journalists, academics, and foundation leaders gathered in the same space for the Bridge Alliance Members Summit (presented by the BAEF).

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And The Civvy Goes To……

This past Thursday, six organizations / initiatives were honored as winners of the 2018 American Civic Collaboration Awards, presented by the NCoC, Big Tent Nation, and the Bridge Alliance Education Fund at the Annual Conference on Citizenship. The six winners (listed below) exemplify collaborative work that elevates democratic practices and civic engagement, thereby helping to revitalize our nation:

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The B1G Challenge is Underway. Also, the Bridge Alliance Welcomes a New Intern!

As a Michigan alum, there are few things I like more than beating Ohio State and Michigan State. It doesn’t matter whether it’s football or donating blood, I want my school to win. I know many Big Ten students and alumni feel the same way, which is why it gives me great pleasure to announce the First Ever Big Ten Voting Challenge (check out their awesome announcement video here). The challenge is a competition between all 14 Big Ten schools to see who can register and turn out the most student voters. Titles will be given to the schools with the “Greatest Overall Turnout” and the “Greatest Increase in Voting Rates.

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It’s Time For The National Week Of Conversation! Also A Follow Up Call For Volunteers

We are excited to let you know that the Bridge Alliance’s newest member, the National Conversation Project, is hosting the National Week of Conversation (NWOC) this week! Before we get to the details, though, we wanted to let you know that the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is still looking for volunteers for the Annual Conference on Citizenship (October 17th and 18th). This is an incredible opportunity to hear from leaders of the democracy revitalization movement for free. For more information contact Angela Holden at aholden@ncoc.org (Note: we gave the wrong email address last time, so if your email bounced back before, try again with this address).

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NCoC Volunteer Opportunity and a Participatory Budgeting Victory in NYC

As you may know, the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is hosting its Annual Conference on Citizenship on October 17th and 18th in Washington, D.C. What you probably don’t know is that the NCoC needs you to make sure the event is a success. Specifically, the NCoC is looking for volunteers for the conference. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our democratic systems and support an organization that is dedicated to strengthening civic life in America. For more information please contact Angela Holden at aholden@ncoc.org.

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Our Democratic Institutions Need Your Help! Also, “Hi!” from the Bridge Alliance Education Fund!

About a month ago, we told you that the Bridge Alliance Education Fund (BAEF) would soon be taking over the Weekly Update. That day has finally arrived. The BAEF’s mission is to inform you -- the Bridge Alliance’s supporters -- about the latest happenings in the democracy revitalization movement, so the Weekly Update fits neatly within our mission. With that said, it’s time for the Update!

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Celebrating Leaders in Congress while Taking Control of the Future

Each and every day, members of Congress serve their constituents in countless ways that simply don’t get headlines. The Bridge Alliance teamed up with the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) to recognize the most exceptional of these public servants with the Democracy Awards. You can watch the full award ceremony on C-SPAN here, and if you think your representative has done outstanding non-legislative work, call their office and encourage them to submit a nomination for the next round of Democracy Awards. Meanwhile, Unite America is leading a movement to elect new, independent leadership to offices nationwide. Their success was on full display two weeks ago in Denver, where independent candidates, elected officials, and reformers gathered for the first ever Unite Summit. You can see a video recap of the Summit here and you can watch one of their “Indy Talks” (TED Talk-esque) here.

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ALL IN and other Alliance Members just made voting MUCH easier

Under the U.S. Constitution, the States control the “Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives” for Congress. This can make voting difficult for U.S. citizens, as each State has its own set of rules and those rules can vary greatly. In Pennsylvania, for instance, you can only vote by mail if you are unable to go to the polls on election day. In Oregon, on the other hand, you can only vote by mail -- full stop. There are no polling locations. To make things easier, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge has launched ALLINToVote.org in collaboration with fellow Alliance members Democracy Works, Campus Vote Project, and BallotReady. ALL IN to Vote was built with college students in mind, but can be used by anybody who is eligible to vote.

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The Alliance Expands Again! New Leaders guided by faith, business, and a commitment to fair elections.

The Bridge Alliance was started with a simple question, “What can we do better together, that none of us can do alone?” Since then, the goal of the Bridge Alliance has been to bring together the leaders of the American revitalization movement. It’s now one step closer to its goal with the additions of One America Movement, Business for America, and The Center for Election Science.

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