A Survey to Safeguard Democracy

WV Freedom to Vote Coalition partners shared the Voter Issues and Action Survey at the Juneteeth Celebration on Charleston’s West Side. The coalition is comprised of the NAACP Charleston WV Branch, WV Citizen Action Group, WV Citizens for Clean Elections, Rise Up WV, and the WV Civic Engagement Table.

By: Richard Rose

As we gather, as a nation, to reflect upon the prevalent circulation of the “Big Lie,” the alarming spread of right-wing extremism, and the resulting January 6th coup attempt, it is more important than ever that we take the necessary steps to safeguard our democracy and ensure our voices are heard in our electoral processes. In other words, we must actively engage in initiatives that aim to eliminate barriers of access to the polls, hold our election officials accountable, and restore faith in the sanctity of our elections among the general public.

As a first step to accomplish this, CAG and its partners in the WV Freedom to Vote Coalition are working to collect information regarding the challenges WV voters faced in accessing the polls during the 2022 primary election through the Voter Issues and Action Survey. The information collected throughout this campaign will be used to pressure election officials to eliminate these barriers and to advocate for improved poll worker training before the general election this November. If you had an issue voting in the primary, we want to hear from you! 

Additionally, in order to reach as many voters as possible, the WV Freedom to Vote Coalition is initiating a texting campaign very soon, and we are looking for volunteers to help us out! Prior experience with texting campaigns is not required; we will provide all necessary training. If you are interested, please sign up using this Google Form. Feel free to contact Julie (julie@wvcag.org) or myself (richard@wvcag.org) if you have any questions!

We also encourage you to share this survey as far and wide as possible. The future of our democracy is at stake in the face of right-wing fascism. This digital toolkit provides access to the above flyer, various social media graphics, and sample social media posts to make the sharing process as seamless as possible. Thanks for helping us spread the word.

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