Several leading companies on Thursday condemned legislation passed by the Texas Senate that would restrict certain voting methods.
Companies such as Amazon, Southwest Airlines, and AT&T have all imposed mandatory measures on the GOP measures, which will limit the extension of early voting time, prohibit the sending of absentee voting applications to those who have not requested it, and prohibit unmanned voting – this is in the coronavirus The method used in the pandemic.
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Amazon said in a statement on Thursday: “It has been 56 years since the Voting Rights Act became law, but to this day, efforts to deprive blacks and other minorities of their civil rights continue.”
American Airlines also condemned this move by the Republican state legislature, saying it hindered the voting rights of its staff.
The company said in a statement: “As a Texas company, we must defend the rights of team members and customers who call Texas home, and respect generations of Americans to protect and expand their votes. Sacrifice for the right.” Statement.
The statement said: “Any legislation related to election methods must ensure the integrity and security of votes, and at the same time make voting easier, not more difficult.”
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But Texas Governor Dat Patrick rejected the airline’s rejection of the latest legislation on voting rights, saying the company had not read the measure before issuing a statement condemning the statement.
“To my surprise, American Airlines issued a statement saying,’We strongly oppose this bill… … minutes after their government relations representative called my office, he admitted that neither he nor the American Airlines CEO really read it. Pass the law.” Patrick said in a statement on Thursday night.
The Texas legislation is similar to a law passed by Georgia earlier this week, which has also been strongly opposed by companies such as Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola.
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Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke called this move by the conservatives a “coordinated attack.”
O’Rourke said on Twitter on Thursday: “The Texas Senate passed a voter suppression bill this morning, targeting the working, colored communities in Texas.”
“When joining the voter suppression laws in Georgia and 41 other states, [it] He added that this was the largest organized joint attack on democracy in the United States since 1965.