The Right to Vote Is Fundamental. The Filibuster is NOT.

In a speech on the Senate floor today, Senator Sinema said she listens to Arizonans and will not alter her position and vote to end the filibuster. Our precinct committee people and volunteers have listened to more Arizonans than the Senator has in years. We support the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act because we know that our constituents support voting rights. Without voting rights, this country disappears — voting rights are fundamental. The filibuster is not part of the Constitution and was rarely used in the first 170 years of this nation’s history — it is not fundamental and must give way to the passage of these laws.

Therefore, we applaud the statement issued today in support of voting rights by the Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party:

“As a member of the state legislature, I have seen firsthand the attempts by my Republican colleagues to undermine our sacred right to vote. Last year, the Arizona Democratic Party recognized that we cannot claim to be advocates for civil rights while maintaining the filibuster, which is why we took a strong stance in support of ending the filibuster in order to pass much-needed voting rights legislation. We have spent countless hours organizing and listening to the people of Arizona, and what they want is change. This is not a divisive issue, this is about the future of democracy. Without the protection of voting rights, democracy fails. We are disappointed, to say the least, that Senator Sinema has chosen to protect an antiquated rule over her constituents.”

We continue to monitor Senator Sinema’s votes in the Senate and will seriously consider whether she deserves our support should she attempt to run again in 2024. Based on what happened today, she appears to be headed toward being a one-term Senator.

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