Jane C. Timm reported in NBC News that “Georgia Republicans passed restrictive changes to the state election process [on March 25, 2021] after weeks of debate about how to tighten voting laws. The new law adds a host of restrictions, like requiring identification for mail voting and making it illegal to take food or water to voters in line.”
There has since been a backlash against the law with activists calling on major companies to speak out against it. An article in Insider by Kate Taylor reports how following the pressure companies including Coca-Cola and Delta have started speaking out against the law.
The recent news from this front comes from the Associated Press that has reported that more than 100 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and other top level executives of major companies gathered to discuss their response to restrictive voting laws not only in Georgia but those being considered in several other states. Here is an excerpt:
More than a hundred top executives and corporate leaders gathered online this weekend to discuss their response to restrictive voting laws under consideration in several states and already enacted in Georgia, according to a statement from organizers of the meeting.
The statement didn’t identify the participants, but The Washington Post reported that the meeting included executives from major airlines, retailers and manufacturers and at least one NFL owner.
Without offering specifics, the statement — issued by the Yale School of Management and two other civic groups — noted that that “CEOs indicated readiness to act individually and collectively to shore up American democracy and ensure Americans have access to a world class voting system.”