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Alerts and Updates Julie Archer April 2, 2021
URGENT: Monday Public Hearing on Bill to Limit Voting Access
A bill (SB 565) that would limit access to early voting, gut automatic voter registration, and make it easier to remove voters from the registration rolls is picking up steam in the WV Legislature. The House Judiciary Committee will hold a virtual public hearing on the bill Monday, April 5 at 8 AM. Please call (304) 340-3252 between 1 and 2 PM TODAY to sign up. If you can't make the hearing, contact members of House Judiciary and your delegate(s). Tell them West Virginians need better access to voting, not more hurdles!  More
Issues: DemocracyVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer March 29, 2021
Take Action to Stop Power Grabs, Protect Voting Rights
Click here for an update and actions you can take to stop legislative power grabs and attempts to politicize the judiciary. With 43 states, including West Virginia, trying to make it harder to vote, we must take action to fight suppression efforts. At the WV Legislature that means opposing SB 565, which would limit access to early voting, gut automatic voter registration, and make it easier to remove voters from the registration rolls. Please take action today. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 29, 2021
Take Action to Fight Voter Suppression
With 43 states, including West Virginia, trying to make it harder to vote, we need to fight voter suppression efforts and ensure the The For the People Act stays robust in order to protect every American’s freedom and right to vote. We also need to oppose SB 565, which would restrict West Virginians’ access to voting. We can’t let the assault on voting rights in West Virginia and around the country go unanswered. Please take action today. More
Issues: DemocracySecret MoneyTransparencyVoting Rights
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 29, 2021
Courts and the Constitution
After quickly passing their house of origin and then clearing their first committee assignment in the other, two measures we oppose related to West Virginia courts slowed down. Now one has cleared another legislative hurdle, and the other is likely to be on the move again soon as we enter the final two weeks of the legislative session. Here’s a quick update and actions you can take to stop these power grabs and attempts to politicize the judiciary.  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceTransparencyWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer March 23, 2021
Voting Rights Are Under Attack, But We Can Fight Back
With 43 states trying to enact legislation that could make it harder to vote, it’s more important than ever that the Senate pass the For the People Act to thwart these attacks.  More
Issues: DemocracyVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer March 1, 2021
Update: Still Time to Contact Delegates on HJR 2
It’s obvious that at least some members of the Legislature are under the mistaken impression that the acting Supreme Court that intervened in the impeachment of former Justice Margaret Workman stripped them of their power to impeach. This is completely false. There’s still time to contact your delegate(s) and tell them to vote NO on this dangerous, unnecessary amendment to our constitution. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer February 27, 2021
Tell Delegates to Vote NO on HJR 2
On Monday March 1, the House will be voting on HJR 2, a dangerous, unnecessary amendment to our state consitution. This bill would cut loose future impeachment proceedings of the WV Legislature from all constitutional restraint. Tell delegates to vote NO on HJR 2. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial Independence
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer February 22, 2021
Power Grabs and a Gift to Special Interests
We're less than two weeks into the 2021 session and the WV Legislature is moving quickly to undermine the ability of West Virginia courts to defend our democracy and guard against abuses of power. And after three consecutive years of not gettting their way, some legislative leaders still want to waste millions of dollars on an unnecessary intermediate court of appeals because big-money, out-of-state, powerful special interests are demanding it. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE January 22, 2021
We Need Your Voice and Your Support
Whether it's calling members of Congress, writing a letter to editor, or signing the WV NAACP’s petition calling for the removal and disbarment of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey we need your voice to hold our elected officials accountable, expand and protect voting rights, and create a democracy that is representative of all Americans’ voices and values. More
Issues: Citizens UnitedDemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer January 20, 2021
Demand Democracy: Help Pass the For the People Act
As we begin a new year with a new president, WV Citizens for Clean Elections remains committed to the work to hold our government accountable to ensure we create a country where everyone can thrive. That's why we are joining with the Declaration for American Democracy coalition to support the For The People Act (HR 1) and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act (HR 4) to protect and strengthen the sacred right to vote and return the power of our democracy to the people. Will you join us to demand that the Biden-Harris administration and our members of Congress champion democracy reform as a first priority?  More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer January 12, 2021
Join Us for a “We Demand Democracy” Virtual Town Hall
Last week, our democracy survived an unacceptable attack, as a violent mob incited by the President attacked the US Capitol in an attempt to change the outcome of the election and disrupt the peaceful transition of power. There's a lot of work to do to repair the damage caused by Trump and his enablers. But, we have an opportunity with the new Congress, to transform our democracy. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer December 1, 2020
Celebrate Giving Tuesday with WV Citizens for Clean Elections
Our demoncracy depends on a fair and impartial court system and transparent and accountable elections, which is why we formed the WV Citizens for Clean Elections in 2002 to strengthen our democracy and give power back to the people of West Virginia. This Giving Tuesday, will you join us in this fight by donating what you can so we are able to organize West Virginians, and bring our communities together to advance and protect our institutions? A generous supporter has agreed to match every donation up to $10,000. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair Courts
Alerts and Updates WVCCE November 23, 2020
Let’s Make It Permanent
This year's pandemic created a new host of obstacles for our elections, forcing West Virginia to get creative in order to keep voters and poll workers safe. This included expanded access to absentee voting options, which allowed voters to make their voices heard without risking their lives -- leading to record turnout across the nation. We saw the impact that increased access to the ballot box had on voter engagement, and we cannot allow that to be taken away. More
Issues: DemocracyHealthPro DemocracyVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE November 16, 2020
Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption
Our democracy is under attack, but we have the tools to fight back against measures that will hinder our progress towards a government that is transparent, accountable, and responsive to our needs. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsTransparency
Alerts and Updates WVCCE November 9, 2020
Results Are In. The Voters Have Spoken.
With record turnout across our nation, Americans made their voices heard. But unfortunately, our systems are being challenged by players who want to change the rules of the game. Some politicians are attempting to sow doubt by using unproven claims to change the outcome of the election because they are afraid of losing. We must continue to remain diligent in the face of misinformation as our new government is formed over the next few months.   More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE November 6, 2020
Hang Tight – Our Democracy is Working
It may take a while for all of the votes to be counted but the most important thing is that all votes are counted and everyone’s voice is heard. Any attempts to undermine the count are direct threats to the integrity of our elections and our democracy. American voters will determine the outcome of the election, not any particular politician or government body.  More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyVoting Rights
WVCCE Blog Dani Parent November 3, 2020
An Election Day Guide
Today’s the day, y’all. Polls opened in West Virginia at 6:30 a.m., some with hours-long waits before even opening the doors. We have until 7:30 p.m. to do this thing, so if you’re still holding onto your absentee ballot, take it to the polls with you—it can be “spoiled” so your in-person vote will be counted today. If you are at high risk and can’t make it to the polls but you’ve still got your ballot, drop it in the mail right now! No really, right now, we’ll wait. ...You’re back? Okay, good. Your ballot won’t be counted until the canvass on Nov. 9, but that’s alright, you still did the thing. We’re proud of you. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE November 2, 2020
Tomorrow is Election Day
Tomorrow, November 3, is the day we have all been waiting for: Election Day! If you have not already voted, please make a plan today to cast your vote tomorrow. And tell all of your friends and family! This election is so important, so it’s critical that you make it to the polls and vote! Please remember to vote down the ballot, because every single office matters. More
Issues: DemocracyVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE October 30, 2020
Make A Plan To Vote
Mark your calendars! Saturday, October 31 is the last day to early vote! Additionally, remember that you have until Monday, November 2 to hand-deliver your Absentee Ballot to the County Clerk’s office. You can also trade in your absentee ballot and vote in person. Details here. Happy voting! More
Issues: DemocracyVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE October 28, 2020
Recipe for Confusion
The state made the decision to not automatically mail ballot applications for the November general election. Changing up the rules is a recipe for confusion, and with WV having one of the lowest turnout rates in the nation, we should be working to expand access to voting, not putting in place more barriers. WV Citizens for Clean Elections is fighting against this disenfranchisement by informing voters about the voting process. Help us in our mission of fighting for clean elections by donating today so we can help voters navigate the process and cast their ballots. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
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