All CEOs who have spoken out against Georgia’s new voting restrictions
More than 100 companies, including Twitter, Zillow and Uber, released a joint statement through the Civic Alliance on Friday, joining a host of top corporate players who have raised concerns about Georgia’s law restricting access to voting. . But many of these corporations, several of which are headquartered in Georgia, could have spoken earlier when the law was being considered or before the governor signed it. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Activists lobbied Georgia-based companies to publicly oppose the legislation for weeks before it became law, and are now calling on people to boycott the companies. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) dismissed the reaction Wednesday, telling CNBC: “I would encourage these CEOs to look at other states where they are doing business and compare the real facts to Georgia.” saying Civic Alliance: “Our elections do not improve when legislators impose barriers that result in more lines at the polls or that reduce access to secure ballot boxes,” the joint statement said. ” We stand in solidarity with the voters 一 and the black executives and leaders at the forefront of this movement 一 in our nonpartisan commitment to equality and democracy. Notable signers include: Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Lyft, Etsy, Reddit, Snap Inc., Salesforce, and ViacomCBS.Facebook: “We support making voting as accessible and broad as possible and oppose efforts to make it” harder for people to vote, “Roy Austin, vice president and deputy general counsel for civil rights, said in a statement. Google: “We have long created tools and resources to make it easier for people to vote. But knowing how to vote depends on people being able to vote,” tweeted Senior Vice President Kurt Walker. “We are concerned about efforts to restrict voting locally. and we strongly support the John Lewis Voting Rights Promotion Act. ” Patagonia: “Our democracy is under attack by a new wave of Jim Crow bills that seek to restrict the right to vote. It is urgent that companies across the country take a stand and use their brands as a force for good in support of our democracy. “” We urge businesses to join us in supporting the John Lewis Voting Rights Promotion Act and the For The People Act. “Mailchimp:” Voting should be safe, accessible and easy for Everyone. SB202 undermines free and fair elections in our home state of Georgia, and will make it harder for people to vote, especially people of color. Georgians deserve better, “said CEO Ben Chestnut. Bank of America: “Our history, in fact, is marked by times when we extend that right to those who have been denied for too long. We must continue to correct the mistakes of our past, and stand united in our defense of the equal voting rights for all, “wrote President and CEO Brian Moynihan in a message to employees. Apple: “The right to vote is fundamental in a democracy. American history is the story of the expansion of the right to vote to all citizens, and Bla” The people of ck, in particular, have had to march, fight and even give his life for more than a century to defend that right, “CEO Tim Cook told Axios.” Apple believes that, thanks in part to the power of technology, it should be easier than ever for all eligible citizens to exercise their right to vote. “Business roundtable:” The right to vote is the essence of a democratic society, and the voice of every voter must be heard in fair elections that are conducted with integrity. Unnecessary restrictions on the right to vote strike at the heart of representative government. The members of the Business Roundtable believe that state laws should safeguard and guarantee the right to vote. “The group represents hundreds of the nation’s top CEOs and called on elected officials across the country to” commit to bipartisan efforts to provide greater access to voting and encourage broad voter participation. “Microsoft:” We are concerned about the impact of the law on communities of color, on all voters, and on our employees and their families. ” We share the views of other corporate leaders that it is not only right but essential for the business community to stand together in opposition to harmful provisions and other similar laws that may be considered elsewhere. ” American Express: “Ensuring equal and easy access to the vote, for all who are eligible to participate in each state, is critical to upholding the principles that our country is based on,” wrote CEO Steve Squeri on LinkedIn. “As a company and leadership team, we … oppose any effort to suppress the vote, which is a fundamental right that belongs to all Americans. Coca-Cola: Georgia law is “unacceptable” and “a step backward,” said CEO James Quincey told CNBC on Wednesday. “[It] it is wrong and needs to be corrected, and we will continue to defend it both in private and now even more clearly in public. “Cisco:” Our vote is our voice and everyone deserves the opportunity to be heard. Governments should work to make voting easier, not harder, “tweeted Cisco President and CEO Chuck Robbins.” Ensuring the equality of #VotingRights is not a political question, it is a question of what is right and what is wrong. “Delta Airlines:”[I]Clearly, the bill includes provisions that will make it difficult for many underrepresented voters, particularly black voters, to exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives. That’s wrong. “Kemp responded to Delta’s opposition at noon Wednesday, saying,” Throughout the legislative process, we spoke directly with Delta representatives on numerous occasions … At no point did Delta share any opposition to expanding the vote. anticipated, strengthen voter identification measures, increasing the use of secure mailboxes throughout the state and making it easier for local election officials to administer the elections. “” Today’s statement from Delta CEO Ed Bastian is in stark contrast to our conversations with the company, ignores the content of the new law, and sadly continues to spread the same hoax attacks repeated by partisan activists, “Kemp added, according to NBC News. JPMorgan Chase: “Voting is critical to the health and future of our democracy. … We regularly encourage our employees to exercise their fundamental right to vote and we oppose efforts that may prevent them from doing so. “72 black executives, led by former American Express CEO Ken Chenault and outgoing Merck CEO Ken Frazier, also called on companies to oppose voting restrictions in a landmark open letter. Other companies Featured: Home Depot, AFLAC, Cisco, BlackRock, Citigroup, Cardinal Health Editor’s Note: This story will be updated as new statements are made. Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free .