Voter Suppression

Kimberly Redmond | |

Hundreds of corporations, executives and celebrities have come out against voting restrictions that a number of states across the US are considering implementing.

Published Wednesday as a two-page advertisement in The New York Times and The Washington post, the statement’s signatories include corporations like Inc (Nasdaq: AMZN), Starbucks Corp (Nasdaq: SBUX) and Apple Inc (Nasdaq: AAPL) and individuals including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and actor-producer-playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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The top executives of more than three dozen Michigan-based companies, including General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co, on Tuesday issued a joint statement opposing Republican-backed legislation to restrict voting.

The move appeared to be pre-emptive, after Georgia companies such as Coca-Cola Co and Delta Air Lines Inc endured public backlash for failing to take a stronger stance before that state enacted a raft of voting limits last month.

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Colorado Rockies’ stadium Coors Field will host July’s All-Star Game, Major League Baseball (MLB) said on Tuesday, after the annual event was relocated from Atlanta in protest over Georgia’s new voting restrictions.

MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred on Friday ordered the sport to relocate its 2021 All-Star Game after Georgia instituted the new voting rules, which Republican politicians endorsed but critics have said aim to suppress voting among Black people and other racial minorities who tend to vote Democratic.

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U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell lashed out at corporate America on Monday, warning CEOs to stay out of the debate over a new voting law in Georgia that has been criticized as restricting votes among minorities and the poor.

In a sign of a growing rift in the decades-old alliance between the conservative party and U.S. corporations, McConnell said: “My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out of politics. Don’t pick sides in these big fights.”

Kimberly Redmond | |

Major League Baseball's decision to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia over the state's voting restrictions will cost local businesses more than $100 million in lost tourism dollars, according to Atlanta-area tourism industry officials.

Cobb County Travel and Tourism Bureau chief Holly Quinlan said during a Friday news conference that the game, which was scheduled for July 13 at Truist Park, “would have been a big boost” to local hotels, transportation, entertainment, restaurants and retail, many of which are still trying to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.