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Sinema should focus on voter rights

Jul 25, 2021 - The Arizona Daily Star


The following is the opinion and analysis of the writer:

The voice of voters matters deeply to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. I know this because I worked with her to defeat an anti-LGBTQ statewide ballot measure in Arizona 15 years ago. That’s why I urge her now to open the door, not slam it, on voting rights and to support modifying the Senate filibuster to protect the rights of voters in Arizona and throughout our nation from an ongoing assault fueled by falsehoods.

This is the moment for Sen. Sinema to choose voting rights and democracy over voter suppression and disinformation. On July 1, a Supreme Court majority sided with the latter and approved further barriers to voters in Arizona despite nearly nonexistent evidence of fraud and zero convictions for the wrongdoing cited as the official justification for those policies. I call on Sen. Sinema to put the right of Arizonans and all Americans to cast ballots undeterred by interference over the degradation of our democracy. This she can do by making an exception to the filibuster to enact federal safeguards for voting rights...