The governor and lieutenant governor of Texas both announced their resignations on Thursday, after companies including American Airlines criticized the state Republican Party’s proposal to amend the Lone Star State voting law.
The Texas Senate approved the bill earlier Thursday. According to the Dallas Morning News, the bill requires changes in voting time, the number of voting machines in polling stations, and gives the state greater powers over local elections. The bill is now transferred to the Texas House.
The report said that Republican Governor Grieg Abbott defended the bill in an attempt to “protect the integrity of the election.”
Governor Dan Patrick (Dat Patrick), also Reoublican, criticized corporate critics for participating in the state’s policy debates, and specifically called American Airlines.
Companies line up to condemn Texas voting legislation
Patrick said in a statement: “Texans are tired of companies that don’t share our values trying to guide public policy.” He also claimed that a lobbyist for American Airlines “recognized him and American Airlines’ chief executive officer. No official has actually read the law.”
“Texans are tired of companies that don’t share the values we try to guide public policy.”
The Lieutenant Governor added that the same airline opposed the 2017 proposal for transgender athletes participating in school sports.
Other companies opposed to Texas election legislation include Southwest Airlines and Dell Technologies, both located in Texas.
Southwest Press spokesperson Chris Mainz said: “The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy and the right that everyone dreams of.” He said: “We believe that every voter should have a fair chance They vote. This right is essential to the success of our country.”
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These companies and other critics believe that the Republican-backed effort to change election and voting rules is an attempt to impose restrictions on minority voters. Republicans countered that the proposal supported by the Democrats represents an effort to concentrate elections and relax eligibility requirements, allegedly ultimately granting illegal immigrants the right to vote.
The Morning Post pointed out that election law proposals across the United States have aroused reactions from companies such as Apple, Facebook, JPMorgan Chase and Microsoft, as well as a business roundtable composed of chief executives of 72 top companies.
Democrats opposed to the Texas proposal include former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, who said he was in Texas, Georgia and other states. The election reform efforts of the People’s Republic of China are “coordinated attacks.”