ATLANTA, GA (April 1, 2021)–two weeks after Senator Raphael Warnock bumped elbows with and joined Delta Airline’s Vice-President Shawn Cole at Delta Flight Museum vaccination site–Delta speaks out against the most systemic voter bill every passed in Georgia to protect the voters democracy.
Three days ago, Senator Warnock refused “to rebuff calls from BLM groups to boycott Georgia-based Coca Cola, Delta, Home Depot and UPS for not publicly opposing state’s voting.
The Georgia’s Voting Law will not disenfranchise Black and other minority voters.
The chief executives of Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola pivoted from earlier, more equivocal statements and called the law “unacceptable,” opening an unusual rift with Republican leaders who championed the legislation and typically enjoy a cozy relationship with the state’s business community.
The business lobby in Georgia, home to 18 Fortune 500 companies, wields significant clout in state politics. Civil rights activists blamed influential executives for not helping spike the new law that’s become a focal point in the nationwide, partisan fight over voting rights, and there is rising pressure nationally on corporate titans to defend voting rights more explicitly and oppose Republican efforts in states that could follow Georgia’s lead. Delta’s and Coca-Cola’s latest declarations could push Georgia’s other marquee brands, including UPS and Home Depot, to take a stronger stand.
“Delta’s statement finally tells the truth — even if it’s late,” said Nsé Ufot of the New Georgia Project, which has launched an ad campaign targeting major corporations.
A recent polling showed that a large majority of voters support voter ter ID laws that require individuals to show a photo identification before voting, including almost 70% of black voters.
The poll, released on last month by Rasmussen Reports, found that 75% believe photo identification should be presented before voting and that 69% of black voters support voter ID laws.
Broken down by party, 60% of Democrats support showing an ID to vote compared to 89% of Republicans. Thirty-six states have enacted some form of voter ID law, but those laws would be nullified if the Senate approves H.R. 1, which passed the House on a party-line vote. Critics say H.R. 1 “would force states to allow anyone to vote who simply signs a form saying that they are who they claim they are.”
The bill would remove several restrictions on voting, proposing expanding the right to vote to felons, allowing people to vote with a sworn affidavit in place of a valid ID, and creating a nationwide automatic voter registration system. It was passed by the Democratic-led House last week and is now being taken up by the Senate, which is also narrowly controlled by the Democrats.
Support for voter ID laws has actually increased since 2018, when 67% said voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote.
Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Republicans support voter ID requirements, as do 60% of Democrats and 77% of voters not affiliated with either major party.
Source: AP News and Washington Star Contributed to article.