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Alerts and Updates WVCCE October 8, 2020
Welcome: Re-Introducing WV Citizens for Clean Elections
Our systems are hanging by a thread. Together we can fight back. WV Citizens for Clean Elections is working to remove the influence of money from politics, and are fighting for a court system that works for everyone. We believe in a fair and impartial judiciary, and that starts with ensuring clean elections. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsJudicial Independence
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer September 1, 2020
Planning to Vote by Mail? Here’s What You Need to Know
As you probably know, all West Virginia voters have the option of voting absentee due to concerns about COVID-19. This is the safest option because you can vote from home. However, despite our efforts to make the process consistent with the primary, for the general election registered voters in most counties won’t be mailed an absentee ballot application. Here's what you need to know and what you can do to ensure that our democracy can function during this pandemic. More
Issues: DemocracyHealthVoting Rights
Document WVCCE August 31, 2020
Open Letter to Governor Jim Justice, Secretary of State Mac Warner
A coalition of voting rights advocates and community leaders is continuing to call on Governor Jim Justice and Secretary of State Mac Warner to mandate and provide funding for the mailing absentee ballot applications to all registered voters as was done in the primary election. In an open letter to the Governor and the Secretary, the groups said the decision by some counties to mail the applications has the potential to introduce unfairness into the process and cause confusion for voters who may be expecting an application that will never come. The coalition also cited lack of internet access and issues with the absentee ballot application portal, as reinforcing their position that the process should be consistent with the primary election. More
Issues: DemocracyHealthVoting Rights
Press Release Julie Archer July 16, 2020
Editorial Memo: Funding is Critical to Ensuring Free, Fair and Safe Elections
The election is just months away, and West Virginia and other states are running out of time to make critical purchases and plans to ensure free, fair and safe elections. State and federal leaders must urgently invest in and put in place changes across the country so all Americans have equal access to the ballot box, and no American has to choose between their safety and their vote.  More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyHealthVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE June 8, 2020
Tomorrow is Your Chance to Vote for Reform
While it might seem strange to do something as normal as voting in these tumultouous times, we encourage you to make your voice heard in this crucial primary election. Over the past week, leaders like Stacy Abrams and former President Barack Obama have stressed the importance of voting and electing government officials who listen to us and are responsive to our demands. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
WVCCE Blog WVCCE May 29, 2020
Election Day: The Countdown is On and You Can Help Move Others to Action!
In the 2020 primary election, West Virginians across the state will be able to exercise their right to vote for an unprecedented 3 out of 5 justices on the WV Supreme Court. We need your help getting the word out about www.wvcourtelections.org/ and we only have 10 days left to do so. Don't be fooled, be informed, educate others, and be certain to cast your vote on or before June 9. More
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDark MoneyDemocracyJudicial IndependenceWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates WVCCE May 29, 2020
Election Day: Use Your Voice to Move Others to Action!
Your Vote is Your Voice! With the primary election just 10 days away, we wanted to remind you of some important resources to help you vote safely and exercise your right to vote effectively. You can also use your voice to educate and move others to action. Click here for three things you can do right now to make sure voters are informed for this crucial election. More
Issues: DemocracyHealthVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
Alerts and Updates WVCCE May 18, 2020
Deadline Tomorrow to Register to Vote
Tomorrow (May 19) is the deadline to register to vote in the 2020 WV primary and judicial elections. Register, check, or update your registration at GoVoteWV.com, then make a plan to vote. Three of the most important votes you will cast in the 2020 primary are your picks for the WV Supreme Court. The decisions it makes affect the lives of all West Virginians. Learn more about these important races and the candidates at wvcourtelections.org. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsHealthVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
Press Release WVCCE April 28, 2020
WVCCE Launches Website for 2020 WV Supreme Court Elections
The West Virginia Supreme Court races are among the most important on our June 9 ballot. Our courts are powerful, and they matter. Our rights as voters, workers, parents and community members depend on the decisions of our elected judges. It is imperative that we are better informed about our courts and the judicial candidates so that we can use our right to vote effectively, More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsJudicial IndependenceVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
Document WVCCE April 24, 2020
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Impact on the 2020 Primary Election
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Impact on the 2020 Primary Election: Absentee Voting and Election FAQ More
Issues: DemocracyVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE April 24, 2020
Wisconsin a Cautionary Tale for WV: Help Your Neigbors Vote!
As we all grapple with grief and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in West Virginia we don’t have the additional worry of choosing between our health and our right to vote. However, due to coronavirus a few things have changed about the primary. While these changes are for the best, it's important for everyone to understand how important this election is and how to make their voices heard as safely as possible. Join us for the #VoteTogetherWV phone bank to help people vote in the era of COVID-19.  More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsHealthVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
Newsletter WVCCE April 4, 2020
Reaching Out, Checking In (Plus Action for Voting, Legislative Update)
We hope you are finding meaningful ways to connect with and check-in with one another in these times of physical distancing. (While we need to be physically distanced right now, we need to build more social connection!) Oft-repeated tips on how to stay healthy in both body and spirit while trying to navigate stay-at-home orders, work layoffs, and fears for the health of our families and communities include checking up on others by phone and digital means, setting daily goals, and deepening the sense of purpose you create for your life by your actions and activities. To that end we wanted to share some easy actions you can take, and also share a bit of good news in the form of a legislative update. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsHealthJudicial IndependenceTransparencyVoting RightsWV Supreme Court
Document WVCCE February 11, 2020
The Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform: Bills We Support
Several bills that advance the goals of the Pro-Democracy Platform have been introduced. Here's a list of the bills and their status.  More
Issues: DemocracyDisclosureTransparencyVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE February 10, 2020
Stand Up for Democracy: Tell Legislators to Protect Our Right to Peacefully Assemble
Just like voting or contacting elected officials, peaceful protest is an important way for everyday people to influence how government makes decisions about our air, water, and land; when we go to war; and other issues. Several of our allies are opposing a bill before the Legislature that would discourage peaceful protest and stop people from criticizing the powerful. Stand up for democracy! Contact your delegate(s) and tell them to vote NO on HB 4615. More
Issues: Democracy
Newsletter WVCCE January 31, 2020
Our Voice, Our Votes, Our Courts: Join Us for Good Government Lobby Day
Please join us for our first ever lobby day in support of our Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform on February 17. More details and registration information here. Several bills that advance the goals of the Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform have been introduced and the list keeps growing. Read this post for a look at some of these bills, what we have to gain if some reforms are passed, and what’s at stake if others advance. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair Courts
WVCCE Blog Julie Archer January 29, 2020
Our Voice, Our Votes, Our Courts: What We Could Gain and What’s At Stake
Several bills that advance the goals of the Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform have been introduced and the list keeps growing. In addition to bills that are part of the platform we are also monitoring other legislative proposals related to our courts. Here’s a glimpse at some of these bills, what we have to gain if some reforms are passed, and what’s at stake if others advance. More
Issues: Citizens UnitedClean ElectionsDark MoneyDemocracyDisclosureFair CourtsVoting Rights
WVCCE Blog WVCCE January 23, 2020
Join Us for Good Government Lobby Day – Monday, February 17
Join us for our first ever lobby day in support of our Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform. We will be participating in the Centennial Celebration of the WV Ratification of the 19th Amendment at the State Capitol. It’s also President’s Day. If you have the day off, come lobby your legislators about common sense policy solutions that can move us toward a government that's more transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs of ALL West Virginians. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Alerts and Updates WVCCE January 21, 2020
Post-Citizens United, We Can Make Democracy Healthy Again
In spite of the decision, there are things we can do to make democracy healthy again but it will take political will and the power of the people demanding change. We can restore balance to a system skewed in favor of the wealthy and special interests by implementing reforms like those included in our Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform, and give everyday people a stronger voice in our elections.   More
Issues: Citizens UnitedDark MoneyDemocracyDisclosurePublic financingSecret MoneyTransparency
Alerts and Updates WVCCE January 4, 2020
Happy New Year, YOU Did It!
Happy New Year, YOU did it! Thanks to contributions from folks like you, we raised the $5,000 needed to meet our #WVProDemocracy match. Actually, we more than made it. We raised $7,380! We hope we can continue to count on you — every session people like you help advance our Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform by calling legislators, writing letters to the editor, and talking with friends and neighbors. Stay tuned for updates and calls to action starting next week. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyFair Courts
Alerts and Updates Julie Archer December 4, 2019
Take Action Today to Restore the Voting Rights Act
Congress must pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4) and restore our ability to prevent racial discrimination in voting so that we can build the truly representative democracy that we deserve. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on HR 4 on Thursday or Friday of this week. Please contact your US Representative today and urge their support for this crucial legislation. More
Issues: Clean ElectionsDemocracyVoting Rights
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