The conservative-controlled US Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s laws restricting third-party ballot collection and out-of-precinct voting.
Senate Republicans filibustered the For the People Act recently, at least temporarily ensuring its demise. Changing Hands Bookstore co-owner Cindy Dach says she expected more.
Faith leaders across Arizona have spoken out in recent months about protecting voting rights and expanding access to the ballot box as a Christian issue, not a partisan one.
Activists said they were protesting the filibuster because it was holding up immigration reform, universal healthcare, and voting rights protections.
Republicans blocked a bill on Tuesday that would have extensively expanded voting rights, despite support from Democratic and Independent senators.
The law is part of a slate of restrictive Republican-backed bills that has emerged across the country in the wake of the 2020 election.
Arizona saw record turnout for the 2020 general election, and voting rights activists hope to have record-breaking turnout again in 2022.