Apple CEO Tim Cook gathered with business leaders who supported voting rights because of the voting restrictions that the governor of Georgia signed into law last week.
“The right to vote is the foundation of democracy. American history is a story about expanding the voting rights of all citizens, especially blacks. In order to defend this right, they had to march, fight, and even sacrifice their lives for more than a century. History. Axios.
“Apple believes that thanks in part to the power of technology, it should be easier than ever for every qualified citizen to exercise the right to vote. We support efforts to ensure that our democratic future is more hopeful and inclusive than the past.”
Cook’s statement is just the company’s latest statement. Following calls from voting rights activists, these companies began to oppose a law passed last week that restricts voting rights in Georgia.
The law includes requirements for voters to provide proof of identity when requesting and returning absent ballots, limiting the availability of absent drop boxes, reducing the time voters spend voting, and giving Republicans in the state legislature greater influence over the state election commission .
While the state legislature was passing the bill, many of the state’s large companies were mostly silent, but once Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed it into law last week, business leaders finally succumbed to pressure and demanded to speak out.
Atlanta-based Delta Airlines issued a strong statement on Wednesday, calling the law “unacceptable.”
“After having enough time to fully understand everything in the bill, coupled with discussions with leaders and employees of the black community, there are signs that the bill contains provisions that will make many underrepresented voters, especially It is even more difficult for black voters to exercise the constitutional right to elect their representatives. Wrong.” Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said in a statement.
In an interview with CNBC on Wednesday, Atlanta-based Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey responded to Bastian’s statement, saying the law was “a step backwards” and “needs remediation.”
In addition to Apple, other major U.S. companies outside of Georgia also oppose voting restrictions, including American Express, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Microsoft.
Voting rights activists welcomed this, but expressed frustration that the company only screamed after the law was passed. Kemp has dismissed these statements, encouraging these companies to “look at other states in which they do business and compare actual fasting with Georgia.”