On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that a new law in Arizona that makes it more difficult for minority voters to cast a ballot could stand, paving the way for similar bills already in progress by Republicans across the country. The decision follows the failure of the Democratic Party to come together on a voting rights bill thanks to two of their senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Synema of Arizona.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 1, 2021
Synema vocally opposed eliminating the filibuster in order to get the Democrats’ For the People Act passed, a piece of legislation that would have protected the right to vote and placed barriers in the way of state laws suppressing the rights of minorities in voting. Along with Manchin, Synema has insisted that any bill passed to protect voting rights must be done on a bipartisan basis. Manchin even offered a compromise to the GOP that included many of their talking points, things like voter ID requirements, only to be shut down.
Bipartisanship isn’t going to happen and holding out for it does nothing more than allow Republicans in every state more time to suppress the vote following the massive voter turnout from 2018 and 2020 that lost them the House, the Senate, and the presidency.
Her concerns over voting rights, therefore, comes far too late for many Americans who fear that democracy may be no more than a dying ideal. Twitter was quick to let Synema know their feelings about her hesitation to act. Read some of their comments below: