Major Companies Speak Out Against Restrictive Voting Law After Facing Threats Of Boycotts

April 07, 2021

Story by Selam Yohannis; Photo via Megan Varner via Getty Images

Georgia's biggest money makers are finally calling out the new voting restrictions that have been put in place for the state. Voting rights activists have been putting pressure on these corporations since the governor signed the “Election Integrity Act of 2021.”

One company that was facing criticism was Coca-Cola, however, they recently put out a new statement that takes a more clear side in the discussion of voting rights and the new law. "We want to be crystal clear and state unambiguously that we are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation,” stated the chairman and CEO of the company. 

Delta Air Lines did the same after receiving backlash and threats of boycotts after their original statement. The airline has since called out the law saying it's “unacceptable” and also referred to it as being "based on a lie.” 

The new legislation puts restrictions on absentee voting, criminalizes handing out water and food to voters in line, and greatly reduces the number of drop boxes for ballots.

Similar situations are being seen in Texas as lawmakers are seeking to restrict voting access as well, though Texas is facing pressure from corporations before this new election bill is passed. Texas-based companies like American Airlines and Dell technologies have put out statements against the laws to be. 

As the GOP continues to work on passing restrictive voting laws across the country, major companies are speaking out in opposition. Executives from corporations like Lyft, Target, and Uber stated, "If our government is going to work for all of us, each of us must have equal freedom to vote in elections must reflect the will of voters.”

Now with many companies speaking out, activists are hoping the same companies will follow up with action. More specifically, financial action just as the MLB decided to relocate their All-Star game this year from Atlanta. This was the first economic backlash seen in Georgia over the law and activists believe more can be done in this same manner. 

 Stacey Abrams released a statement saying, "Georgia Republicans must renounce the terrible damage they have caused to our voting system in the home they have inflicted on our economy. Our corporate community must get off the sidelines as partners in this fight, acknowledging that the provisions of SB202 do not expand voting rights. They restrict those rights affecting employees and consumers alike."