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After new voting restrictions, a renewed push to move the 2023 Super Bowl out of Arizona

Citing ongoing efforts by state leaders to pass more voting restrictions, a local activist is doubling down on calls for the NFL to pull next year’s Super Bowl from Arizona.

Rev. Warren Stewart, senior pastor at Phoenix’s First Institutional Baptist Church, has been calling for the move since last year.

“The reason we launched the block on the Super Bowl was because of bills passed by the legislature and the governor signed last year, so now he’s added to that, so he’s worsened the issue, supporting voter suppression,” said Stewart.

Stewart says the recently-passed HB 2492, which requires proof of citizenship to vote in federal elections and may force thousands of Arizonans to re-register, is unconstitutional.

Gov. Doug Ducey says the bill furthers election integrity and prevents attempts to cast illegal votes.

Stewart says if the NFL doesn’t listen to the request, he will move on to advocating to the NFL Players Association.

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Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.