As restrictive voting bills multiply, GOP signals it won’t bow to corporate pressure

By CNN - April 4, 2021

As the backlash to Georgia’s restrictive voting law intensified last week with big corporations like Delta and Coca-Cola criticizing the law and Major League Baseball announcing it was moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, the politics of threats and counter threats became so fierce that it was difficult to determine whether the corporate moves were having their intended effect.

The newfound alliance of corporations and Democrats fighting to protect access to the vote sent a first warning shot to Republican-controlled legislatures around the country that there may be real economic consequences if they continue to pursue restrictive voting legislation under the false pretense of rooting out widespread voter fraud, which simply did not exist in the 2020 election despite former President Donald Trump’s efforts to gaslight the American people.

Fighting these proposals at the local levels is the most realistic shot for advocates of voting rights right now since Democrats don’t have enough votes in the US Senate to pass legislation like the “For the People Act,” which would override many of the restrictive provisions in the new Georgia law and others like it.

But with many other bills curtailing voting rights barreling through GOP-controlled state legislatures around the country, it is not yet clear whether the backlash to the Georgia law, which is known as the “Election Integrity Act of 2021,” will actually serve as a deterrent.

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“Apologize now”: GOP lawmaker rips corporate actions following voting law passage
Forbes Breaking News
Apr 3, 2021
1 min, 53 sec

At a press conference of Georgia Republicans responding to the MLB’s decision to pull the All Star Game from Georgia after a controversial voting law was passed, Rep. Drew Ferguson blasted corporate CEOs for criticisms of the law.

Delta CEO calls new Georgia voting law ‘unacceptable’
CNBC Television
Mar 31, 2021
2 min, 53 sec

CNBC’s Phil LeBeau reports on new comments from Delta CEO Ed Bastian on Georgia’s new voting law, saying the law was ‘based on a lie.’

Georgia Gov. Kemp defends new voting law
FOX News
Mar 28, 2021
2 min, 41 sec

Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp defends new voting law despite outrage from Democrats.


Marco Rubio SLAMS ‘woke corporate hypocrites’ for protesting Georgia’s new voting law
The Hill
1 Min

Sen. Marco Rubio slammed Delta and Coca-Cola for being ‘woke corporate hypocrites’ after the two companies protested the Georgia voting law.

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