US executives are calling for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to make efforts to restrict access to voting signed a law that opponents say, people of color are disproportionately disenfranchised.
In the revision of the state elections, the bill includes a restriction on drop boxes, makes it a crime to provide food or water to voters who line up outside of polling stations, requires mandatory proof of identity for postal voting, and creates better legislative control over them the state of the elections run.
The invoice is one of lots Republican-backed US election efforts after former President Donald Trump and other GOP members falsely claimed Last year’s election defeat was due to fraud. Supporters say the law was necessary to restore confidence in the Georgia elections.
For Georgia, it comes after the historic turnout in the state elections, especially among the black and color voters, in the parliamentary elections in November and the runoff election in January, in which two Democrats defeated the incumbent Republican senators.
Civil rights groups, business leaders and democratic officials denounce the law.
CNBC has compiled a list of company responses to the invoice:
- Global asset manager BlackRock made a statement on Wednesday On Linkedin.
“Equal access to voting is the foundation of American democracy. While BlackRock understands the importance of maintaining the integrity and transparency of elections, these should not be used to restrict equal access to elections. BlackRock is concerned about efforts Voting should be easy and accessible to ALL voters. Voting is not just a right but an essential part of civil activity. We should encourage all voters to play this essential role in our democracy “wrote CEO Larry Fink.
- Coke Managing director Alfredo Rivera said in one Explanation The Georgia-based company is disappointed with the law. “As soon as the Georgian legislature met this year, our company has teamed up with other Georgian companies to share our core principles: we have opposed measures designed to reduce or restrict electoral access, and we are in favor of widespread access, Voter comfort, electoral integrity and political neutrality pronounced Anything that inhibits these principles can lead to the suppression of voters. We took these steps because they are in line with our purpose and the conscience we follow, “he said.
- Based in Georgia delta Airlines said in a Memo to employees that the “final calculation is unacceptable and inconsistent with the values of Delta”. “Now that we have time to fully understand everything that is in the bill, along with discussions with executives and staff in the black community, it is evident that the bill contains provisions that would make it difficult for many under-represented voters, especially blacks Voters, make it harder to move. ” their constitutional right to choose their representatives. That’s wrong, “said CEO Ed Bastian.
- Pharmaceutical giant Merck said on Wednesday that the company “stands firmly on our core values, including our commitment to social justice and the right of people to fully and freely participate in electoral processes”. “There is no more fundamental right than the right to vote. Democracy is based on the fact that every person entitled to vote has the same and fair opportunity to cast a vote, without restrictions that have discriminatory effects. We all have an obligation to oppose it.” Racism and other forms of discrimination whenever we see them Company added.
- PorscheNorth American operations, headquartered in Georgia, said that “equal access to polls for every voter is the essence of a democracy”. “As an Atlanta-based company, Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) supported the work of the Metro Atlanta Chamber with members of the Georgia General Assembly to maximize voter turnout and ensure electoral integrity. We understand that legislative outcome continues to be the subject of debate and hope A resolution can be found between all sides promoting and enabling all voting rights, “said the company.
- Based in Georgia UPS said this week the company supports the ability and facility for all eligible voters to exercise their voting rights. “Like other companies in the community, we have actively partnered with political leaders from both parties and other stakeholders to advocate fairer access to elections and the integrity of the electoral process across the state. We agree with the statement made by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Metro Atlanta Chamber to be ready to continue to help ensure that every Georgian voter can vote, “the company said.
- Mercedes-Benz said it stands “against efforts to prevent eligible voters from participating in this important process”.
- In a blog post Microsoft President Brad Smith took note of the company expressed concern about the law before its adoption and set out his contradiction in more detailB. to narrow the time window, voters can request a postal vote. “We recognize that some of the recent criticisms of Georgian legislation have proven to be inaccurate. However, we already understand that the new law contains important provisions that make it unnecessarily and unfairly difficult for people to vote,” wrote Smith . “This new law falls short of the mark and we should work together to push Georgian lawmakers to change it,” he added.
- Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO of Bank of AmericaCNBC said in a statement that ensuring equal access to voting rights is consistent with that Company investing in reducing racial inequality and increasing economic opportunity. “The right to vote – and the important work that needs to be done to protect access to that right – is a fundamental principle in the United States,” he said. “Our history is indeed interrupted by the moments when we extended this right to those who have been denied it for too long. We must continue to correct the wrongs of our past and be united in our advocacy for equal voting rights for all. “”
- Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins shared his concerns about the new law in one Tweet. “Our voice is our voice, and everyone deserves the opportunity to be heard. Governments should work to make voting easier, not more difficult. Ensuring equal #VotingRights is not a political problem, but a problem of right and wrong. ” he said.
- Home DepotThe Georgia-based company said it will work to ensure that its workers across the country have the resources and information to vote. “We believe that all elections should be accessible, fair, and safe, and encourage broad turnout.”
- JPMorgan Chase In a statement, CEO Jamie Dimon said that “voting is fundamental to the health and future of our democracy,” and called for restrictive electoral laws. “JPMorgan Chase’s employees span the United States. As capitals debate electoral laws, we believe that voting must be accessible and fair. We regularly encourage our employees to exercise their fundamental right to vote, and we oppose efforts to do so may prevent them from being able to. ” We are a stronger country where every citizen has a voice and a voice, “the company said. CNN first reported on the statement.
- Citigroup said it opposes “efforts to undermine Americans’ ability to exercise this fundamental right”.
- In one LinkedIn post, American Express CEO Steve Squeri praised the new effort carried along from the former chairman and managing director of the company, Ken Chenaultto encourage American corporation, campaign for voting rights. “As a company and a leadership team, we support this message and oppose any efforts to suppress voting, which is a fundamental right for all Americans,” wrote Squeri.
- Facebook The company supports it “to make voting as accessible and broad as possible” and rejects “efforts to make it difficult for people to vote”.
- ViacomCBS said it “believes in the importance of all Americans having equal voting rights and speaking out against Georgia’s recent suffrage law or any effort to hinder the exercise of this vital constitutional right. Improving access to voters and civic engagement is one.” of ViacomCBS key points We will continue to educate the public about the importance of an open and fair voting system through programs and extensive partnerships with grassroots organizations that promote and increase participation in elections. “
In a statement to CNBC on Wednesday, Kemp defended the law, specifically targeting Delta’s executives.
“Today’s statement by Delta CEO Ed Bastian is in stark contrast to our discussions with the company, ignores the content of the new law and unfortunately continues to spread the same false attacks repeated by partisan activists,” said the Republican governor.
“Mr Bastian should compare Georgia’s electoral laws – which include apologetic absentee voting, online voter registration, 17 days early voting with two additional optional Sundays, and automatic voter registration upon receipt of a driver’s license – to other states Delta Airlines works in,” added he added.
Kemp doubled that argument in an interview later on Wednesday on CNBCs “Close bell” to say that he was “happy to deal with the wave of corporate criticism”. He also pointed to measures in the bill to expand access to ballot papers, claiming that the legislation would extend early voting hours in more than 130 of Georgia’s 159 districts.
“If [executives] If we want to have a debate on the merits and facts of the bill, that’s what we should do, “said Kemp.
Frank Holland from CNBC, Mike Wayland, Phil LeBeau, Courtney Reagan, Sara Eisen, Amelia Lucas, Steve Desaulniers and Hannah Miao and Leslie Picker contributed to this report.