This is What Democracy Looks Like, and You Are In It

You can help West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections* advance the Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform during the 2019 West Virginia Legislative Session. Come learn more January 15 at Our Kids and Families Day from 9 – 3 at the WV State Capitol. After that, join the Tuesday citizen lobbying days hosted by the Our Children, Our Future Campaign. Also see the WV Citizens Clean Elections website our Facebook page, or contact us at info@wvoter-owned.org for more information.

As we saw with the teachers’ strike during the 2018 West Virginia Legislative Session, people power works. We, the people, know how to make West Virginia a better place to live.

When legislators listen to regular West Virginians, they can work with us to pass bills that make West Virginia a better place to live. The governor can sign those bills into law, and our courts can uphold those laws.

But too often, our politicians look like they are listening to big-money special interests rather than people like you and me.

Well it’s time to make them listen again. We don’t want the best democracy money can buy. We want our voices heard. We want clean and fair elections. We want fairness and transparency in government.

This is not about Democrat vs. Republican; this is about fixing a broken system, and moving toward a government that’s more transparent, accountable, and responsive to the needs of all West Virginians.

This is a we, the people, issue! For instance:

  • 69% of registered voters say: “Passing a bill to overhaul the campaign finance system, which would set limits on the amount corporations and private interests can spend on candidates and issues” is a top or important priority.
  • 88% strongly or somewhat agree that: “Political TV ads should be required to say who paid for the ad.”
  • 62% favor or strongly favor: “Allowing people to register on Election Day at the polls”

Fortunately there’s a solution: the Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform. The platform is a set of common sense solutions that can help put our government on a path to solve problems that affect us all.

Here’s how the Legislature can give us all a greater voice to each citizen, and help us all participate in building a healthier democracy…

We need a democracy where everyone participates, every vote is counted, and everyone’s voice is heard, and the Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform can make that happen!

Thanks so much to everyone who made this video possible:
Narrator: Mary Anne Claytor   
Script: WV Citizens for Clean Elections and ReThink Media, with assistance from DL Hamilton and Selina Vickers
Photos: Chad Cordell, WV Citizen Action Group, Vivian Stockman/Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, plus stock sources.

*Is your group interested in joining the coalition? Contact info@wvoter-owned.org  Here’s a list of all the groups already in the coalition. Join us!

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