Some fear a return to the past and hear echoes of Jim Crow in the present.
The other was convinced through an ongoing disinformation campaign that elections in the United States are rigged.
Trump showed in Florence on Saturday what kind of “vote tellers” he endorses.
“I look forward to the day we undo an irretrievably flawed election. This is the election of 2020. With all the evidence we have, the Arizona election should be invalidated by lawmakers for good reason,” Finchem said, echoing the former president’s lies from the podium at his Saturday rally.
But even at the Trump rally, there was rarely praise for a Democrat.
Sinema, along with West Virginia Sen. Joe Machin, is blocking the passage of two voting rights bills that Democrats hope could counter some of the restrictive voting measures Republicans are enacting at the state level. Sinema has said she supports the bills but is not in favor of changing Senate rules to get them through.
The opposition from these two moderate Democrats is frustrating voter rights activists, including those gathered in Arizona this weekend.
“She says she wants voting rights, but how do you want voting rights without making a way for it? That’s inconsistent, that’s unacceptable,” Martin Luther King III, son of Martin Luther King Jr., told CNN in Phoenix Saturday.
The King family had traveled to Arizona to attend a suffrage march and urged Sinema to act – warning that history would not judge them kindly.
Hobbs said democracy took hold in 2020 because election officials on both sides of the aisle got their jobs done — but now that Trump-backed electoral deniers are running for jobs that would give them electoral authority, the future is less certain.
“I think the 2022 election will determine the future of our democracy,” Hobbs said.
That was a sentiment shared by Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s 13-year-old granddaughter, who was in Phoenix this weekend with her family and told CNN, “I think it’s so important to vote and it’s so important to have the right to vote because right now our country is at stake.”