Although we may end up playing defense at the WV Legislature, we have a real opportunity with the new Congress to transform our democracy with the passage of the For The People Act (HR 1) and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act (HR 4). That’s why we are joining with the Declaration for American Democracy coalition to support these reforms to strengthen the sacred right to vote and return the power of our democracy to the people.
To advance bold change in our democracy, we need bold solutions. HR 1 is a once-in-a-generation democracy reform package to clean up our political system, expand and protect voting rights, end gerrymandering, and counter the power of big money in politics. HR 4 would restore and update the full protections of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) — the most effective civil rights legislation in the history of the United States.
Last month we hosted a virtual town hall with the WV NAACP, Our Future WV, and other coalition partners to highlight how these reforms will eliminate challenges to our right to vote, increase access to the ballot and transform our democracy into one that reflects the needs of West Virginia residents and all Americans.
There are many urgent crises that are critical for the new administration to address, and making pro-democracy reforms is critical to seeing rapid progress on the issues West Virginians care most about, from protecting the environment and expanding affordable healthcare, and improving our infrastructure (including access to clean drinking water and reliable broadband), to passing fair labor laws and creating good-paying jobs.
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.
Making pro-democracy reforms a first priority is the key to making progress on all the other pressing policy issues facing our state and country. We have the opportunity to enact change – and we must do so together!