The e-commerce colossus said it opposes measures “aimed at restricting the ability of Americans to vote” as the Lone Star State’s Senate passed a bill that would limit access to mail-in ballots and ban drive-thru voting.
“The ability to vote is one of the most prized fundamental rights in our American democracy, and Amazon supports policies that protect and expand those rights.”
Carney urged other states to follow in the footsteps of Virginia, where Gov. Ralph Northam signed a major voting-rights law this week. Amazon has 27,000 employees in Virginia and is building a second headquarters there, according to Carney.
After taking heat for their initial lukewarm statements, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and Coca-Cola chief James Quincey — whose firms are headquartered in Atlanta — called the law “unacceptable” and “a step backward,” respectively.
Now corporations are lining up against the Texas bill before it reaches Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. Among the Texas-based firms to object are Dell and American Airlines, which said it’s “strongly opposed” to the measure and others like it.
Republicans have defended the laws and accused the big corporations of meddling in legislative affairs.
“Texans are fed up with corporations that don’t share our values trying to dictate public policy,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Thursday.
Source: New York Post