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Julie Archer

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Blog Julie Archer December 23, 2021
Double Your Impact: Donation Match for Fair Courts Work
Our democracy is being put to the test. Courts are one of our last lines of defense against abuses of power in elections. But an alarming report by the Brennan Center for Justice shows that partisan state lawmakers are increasingly taking aim at the ability of state courts to ensure free and fair elections. Can you make a donation so we continue fighting for free, fair, and safe elections and fair and impartial courts? More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsVoting Rights
Blog Julie Archer December 6, 2021
Where and How to View WV’s New Legislative and Congressional Maps
The new legislative and congressional maps can be viewed in various formats. The maps reflect the districts for elected offices beginning in the 2022 election. Which new districts are you in? More
Issues: ElectionsRedistrictingVoting
Blog Julie Archer December 6, 2021
Redistricting: New Maps Reinforce Need for Reform
In October, the Legislature convened in special session to draw new boundaries for state legislative and congressional districts. The outcome has only reinforced calls for establishing an independent redistricting commission rather than letting legislators draw the maps that govern their own elections. Additionally, with hyper-partisan legislative and congressional maps being adopted around the country it’s critical that we pass the Freedom to Vote Act to end partisan gerrymandering once and for all. More
Issues: DemocracyFair RepresentationVoting Rights
Blog Julie Archer November 12, 2021
WV Advocates Host Vigil to Demand Passage of the Freedom to Vote Act
community members and organizations hosted a “Freedom to Vote: Time to Act!” vigil at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 10, to demand that the Senate pass the Freedom to Vote Act. This event in Charleston was held in partnership with the Declaration for American Democracy as part of a nationwide week of action calling on Congress to set national standards to ensure that all Americans have equal access to the ballot ahead of the 2022 elections.  More
Issues: DemocracyElectionsMoney In PoliticsVoting Rights
Blog Julie Archer October 18, 2021
Join Us for the Freedom to Vote Relay
Join us on the caravan/relay from West Virginia to D.C., the Rally at the Finish Line on October 23rd, or stops along the way. With a major vote expected later this week, we need to push harder than ever to make sure the Senate does what it takes get the #FreedomToVoteAct across the finish line. More
Issues: Clean electionsDemocracyFair RepresentationMoney In PoliticsVoting Rights
Blog Julie Archer October 12, 2021
Speak Out for Fair Districting: Public Hearing 10/13 @8AM
The Legislature has convened in special session to approve new boundaries for state legislative and congressional districts. These maps will shape our lives and communities for the next decade and beyond. That’s why it’s important to come together to speak out on fair districting so that our communities are whole and have equal resources to meet our needs. There’s still time to provide input on the proposed maps and nobody knows our communities better than the people who live in them. More
Issues: Clean electionsDemocracyFair Representation
Blog Julie Archer October 7, 2021
Fair Districting is About Accurate Representation and Keeping Our Communities Whole
With the Legislature expected to convene for a special session next week to approve new boundaries for state legislative and congressional districts, the House and Senate Redistricting Committees have started considering proposed maps that will shape our lives and communities for the next decade and beyond. More
Issues: DemocracyFair RepresentationVoting
Blog Julie Archer September 13, 2021
Speak Out for Fair Districting in WV! – Sign-up on 9/17
There’s still time to let legislators know that when it comes to our districts, we want a transparent process we can trust, where communities remain whole and where voters have an equal voice. More
Issues: DemocracyFair RepresentationVoting Rights
Blog Julie Archer August 12, 2021
With Release of Redistricting Data, WVCCE Highlights the Role of Fair Courts in the Ensuring Fair Districts
With the the release local-level data, WV Citizens for Clean Elections is emphasizing the key role fair and impartial courts will play in the redistricting process, serving as a bulwark against efforts from lawmakers looking to divide neighborhoods and silence certain voices for their own political gain. In short, fair courts ensure fair districts. More
Issues: DemocracyFair CourtsFair Representation
Blog Julie Archer July 25, 2021
Defending and Strengthening Democracy: Fair Courts and the For the People Act
Not only are states trying to make it harder to vote, they are also making it harder for voters to protect their rights in court. The combination of an assault on voting rights and the assault on the ability of state courts to protect the rights of voters is why we need federal democracy reforms like the For the People Act. More
Issues: Fair CourtsFor The People ActVoting RightsWorkers
Blog Julie Archer July 23, 2021
WV Legislature’s Joint Committee on Redistricting to Host Public Hearings
Starting Tuesday, July 27th, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Redistricting will host a series of public hearings around the state to allow West Virginians to weigh in on the process of redrawing the boundaries of legislative and congressional districts. More
Issues: Clean electionsFair RepresentationVoting
Blog Julie Archer May 4, 2021
The National John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Day Of Action – May 8th
The basic right to vote is under attack across the country. For our democracy to survive, we need bold, transformative democracy reforms. More
Issues: InequalityVoting Rights
Blog Julie Archer January 13, 2021
We Demand Democracy Virtual Town Hall – JAN 16th @7PM
The WV NAACP, Our Future WV, WV Working Families Party, and the WV Citizens for Clean Elections coalition invite you and your organization to join us and the Declaration for American Democracy in the movement to pass 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. More
Issues: PolicyVotingVoting Rights
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
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