Posts by Julie Archer

Julie Archer

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Blog Julie Archer October 20, 2020
VOTING RESOURCES for WV
Here is a lovely list of voting resources for West Virginians, provided by the ACLU of WV, the League of Women Voters of West Virginia, the WV Black Voter Impact Initiative, WV Public Broadcasting, Mountain State Spotlight, and Election Protection. More
Issues: VotingVoting Rights
Blog Julie Archer August 7, 2020
We Are #WVProDemocracy: Fighting for Free, Fair, and Safe Elections
In advance of Governor Justice’s stay at home order, when it appeared that our primary election would be held as the coronavirus was peaking in West Virginia, we initiated conversations with the Secretary of State’s office to ensure they had plans in place to administer the election safely and protect the health of voters and poll workers. After it was announced that the election would be delayed... More
Issues: Clean electionsDemocracyFair CourtsInequalityVotingVoting Rights
Blog Julie Archer July 29, 2020
WV Groups, Community Leaders Call on Governor, Secretary of State and County Clerks to Replicate Primary Election Voting and Absentee Ballot Request Options
A coalition of voting rights advocates and community leaders representing poor and impacted communities across West Virginia is calling on Governor Jim Justice and state and local election officials to provide further clarity to the state’s voters regarding their plans to ensure a safe, accessible, and secure election and to mailing absentee ballot applications to those voters as was done in the primary election. More
Issues: Clean electionsHealthcareVoting Rights
Blog Julie Archer June 5, 2020
Supreme Court Elections Provide Opportunity to Increase Trust, Accountability and Transparency
This moment is an opportunity to bring greater trust, accountability, and transparency to the judiciary, but rebuilding trust in the judiciary cannot end with a single individual. As voters, it’s incumbent upon us to seek out unbiased information about the candidates rather than relying on misleading, inaccurate attack ads. The court and legislators must also seize this opportunity to begin to rebuild trust in the West Virginia judiciary by strengthening disclosure of political spending and the adoption of a strong, objective recusal standard. More
Issues: Clean electionsDisclosureElectionsFair CourtsMoney In PoliticsVoting
Blog Julie Archer April 28, 2020
Our Court, Our Vote – Judges Are on the Ballot: Know Your Judicial Candidates
West Virginia voters will elect three justices to the West Virginia Supreme Court in the upcoming primary election. That's why we're excited to launch a new website, wvcourtelections.org, to help voters learn more about these elections and the judicial candidates. 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: DemocracyElectionsFair CourtsVoting
Blog Julie Archer April 8, 2020
WV House Rejects New Court Sought by Powerful Special Interests
If you were one of the people who responded to calls to action from WV Citizens for Clean Elections Coalition and our partners and allies during the 2020 WV Legislative Session, thank you! You helped defeat a bad bill sought by powerful special interests. Besides the intermediate court of appeals, there were also multiple constitutional amendments proposed that would have undermined the independence of the courts. We must continue to fight these attacks and push for increased transparency in our elections and the adoption of strong recusal standards to remove political pressure and conflicts of interest from our courts. More
Issues: DemocracyElectionsFair CourtsMoney In PoliticsVoting Rights
Blog Julie Archer April 3, 2020
Absentee Voting Available To Anyone Due to Coronavirus Emergency
Wondering how the COVID-19 crisis will impact the West Virginia’s 2020 primary and judicial elections? Two weeks ago, the Secretary of State announced that every registered West Virginia voter is eligible to vote absentee during this public health emergency. This week, Governor Justice announced that he is using his emergency powers to delay the primary until June 9, past the anticipated peak of the coronavirus outbreak. More here and at GoVoteWV.com. More
Issues: DemocracyElectionsFair CourtsVotingVoting Rights
Blog Julie Archer March 16, 2018
Two Constitutional Amendments Headed for the Ballot in November
During the 2018 legislative session, legislators approved resolutions putting two proposed constitutional amendments on the November 6 general election ballot. The Judicial Budget Oversight Amendment would amend the state constitution to give the Legislature oversight of the judiciary’s budget. The No Constitutional Right to Abortion Amendment is being deceptively explained as an effort to take away Medicaid funding for abortion, but aims to take away reproductive rights for women more broadly. More
Issues: ElectionsFair CourtsHealthcare
Blog Julie Archer January 2, 2018
Be Registered & Be Ready to Vote: WV Voter Id Law Now in Effect
West Virginia's voter ID law went into effect on January 1, 2018. With many important races on the ballot this year, it's important to make sure you're registered to vote and ready to vote. This means making sure you have your ID, informing yourself about the issues and candidates, and last but not least, getting yourself to the polls. Learn more about the new law, and the various forms of photo and non-photo ID that will be accepted at the polls. More
Issues: ElectionsVoting
Blog Julie Archer October 11, 2017
Without Disclosure, We Don’t Know What Conflicts of Interest Our Judges Might Have
Without common-sense disclosure laws, anyone could end up across the courtroom from another other party who has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to a dark money group supporting the judge ruling on their case. And they wouldn't even have the information, to ask the judge to recuse himself or herself. More
Issues: DisclosureElectionsFair CourtsMoney In Politics