CHARLESTON — Americans for Prosperity-West Virginia released its annual scorecard for the fourth consecutive year, highlighting how state legislators voted during the 2019 session.
"We are committed to helping West Virginians clearly see the voting record of their elected officials over the past year," AFP-WV State Director Jason Huffman said in a statement provided to The West Virginia Record. "This scorecard is the materialization of our fight to change politics as usual by giving ordinary people a powerful platform upon which to stand together—ensuring their voices are heard. And it’s working."
The release of AFP-WV's Legislative Scorecard was coupled with a digital ad campaign highlighting lawmakers' votes on educational freedom and criminal justice reform.
The scorecard shows a comprehensive digest of how each of the state's legislators voted on some of the most important bills from the 2019 legislative session, including expanding educational choices, criminal justice reform and economic opportunity.
The digital ads also thanked lawmakers who voted for the causes AFP-WV believes in.
"There were many accomplishments this legislative session and we look forward to thanking lawmakers who worked to increase opportunity and remove barriers for all West Virginians," Huffman said. "We are mobilizing our activists to help hold members accountable that stymied progress—especially those who put politics over the unique needs of every kid by denying students and families the educational freedom they deserve."
Huffman said the scorecard and the organization's accountability effort enables everyone to see if their lawmaker stood on principle and to get engaged in the policy process that affects their everyday lives.
The 2019 West Virginia Legislative Scorecard provides an in-depth look at the legislation used to score legislators and can be viewed at wvscorecard.com.
Last year, AFP-WV launched the Pathway to Prosperity, a policy roadmap that prioritizes opportunity and growth for all West Virginians, which guided the group’s efforts through the legislative session.
The scorecard is a summary of what AFP’s activists were able to accomplish in pursuit of those principles.