One side fears a return to the past and hears echoes of Jim Crow in the present.
The other has been convinced by an ongoing disinformation campaign that the election in the United States is false.
In Florence on Saturday, Trump showed exactly what kind of “tellers” he approves.
“I look forward to the day when we set aside an irrevocably flawed election. It is the election of 2020. With all the evidence we have, the Arizona election should be rejected on the grounds of the legislature,” Finchem said, repeating the former president’s lies. from the podium at its convention Saturday.
But even at the Trump rally, there was rare praise for a Democrat.
Sinema, along with West Virginia Senator Joe Machin, is blocking the passage of a few suffrage laws that Democrats hope can counter some of the restrictive voting measures passed by Republicans at the state level. Sinema has said she supports the bills but does not advocate changing Senate rules to get them passed.
The opposition from these two moderate Democrats frustrates suffrage activists, including those gathered in Arizona over the weekend.
“She says she wants the right to vote, but how do you want the right to vote without creating a way for that to happen? It’s inconsistent; it’s unacceptable,” said Martin Luther King Jr.’s son, Martin Luther King III , to CNN in Phoenix on Saturday.
The King family had traveled to Arizona to take part in a suffrage march, urging Sinema to act – warning that history would not judge her kindly.
Hobbs said democracy had won in 2020 because election officials on both sides of the aisle had done their job – but now, with Trump-approved election deniers running for jobs that would give them authority over elections, the future is less certain.
“The 2022 election, I think, is going to determine the future of our democracy,” Hobbs said.
It was a sentiment repeated by Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s 13-year-old granddaughter, who was with her family over the weekend in Phoenix, telling CNN: “I think it’s so important to vote, and it is so important to have the right to vote, because right now our country is at stake. ”