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Arizona's senators are split on Biden's election laws. This voting advocate hopes for the best

Published: Thursday, January 13, 2022 - 12:48pm
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President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with Senate Democrats on Jan. 13 to try to rally support for a pair of voting rights bills, and for a change to Senate rules that’s necessary to bring those bills up for a vote.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were in Atlanta Jan. 11 to talk about the issue; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has made Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17 a deadline to either pass the bills or change the chamber’s rules.

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is one of the Senate Democrats who has said they’re opposed to changing the filibuster rules. But Sen. Mark Kelly this week said he was undecided on the issue and that if there’s a proposal on such a change, he’ll look at it and “evaluate it based on what’s in the best interests of the country.”

Amid the push for Democrats to approve the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Restoration Act, The Show spoke with Carolina Rodriguez-Greer, state director for the group Mi Familia Vota. The conversation began with asking what she makes of the timing of these bills and the effort to get them moving now.

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