Nearly 200 companies, including corporate titans, have moved beyond their duty to focus on running their companies profitably, instead politicized themselves by condemning election integrity laws like voter ID in some states that would thwart the will of the people.
PayPal, Dow, Estee Lauder, HP, Microsoft, Uber, and Under Armour are among those companies that have signed a joint statement opposing election reform initiatives in Texas, Georgia, and other states.
“There are hundreds of bills threatening to make voting more difficult in dozens of states nationwide,” they wrote in the statement, claiming the lawmakers in those states have imposed barriers that result in longer lines at the polls or reduce access to secure ballot dropboxes.
“We call on elected leaders in every state capitol and in Congress to work across the aisle and ensure that every eligible American has the freedom to easily cast their ballot and participate fully in our democracy,” read the statement.
The statement came a week after the lawmakers in Georgia passed several reforms on how elections are to be conducted, including a mandatory photo ID provision for absentees voting by mail. Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a 98-page bill into law on March 25.
Advocates of the law said that the new law would help stop political organizations or advocacy groups from influencing voters just before they cast a ballot.
However, Democrats voiced their displeasure, arguing that the new law targets voter suppression.
Major League Baseball (MLB) has decided to cancel the 2021 All-Star game in Georgia to protest the law. Several other companies have also spoken out against the new voting laws, such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Dell Technologies, and AT&T.
However, these companies will have to deal with their shareholders for condemning Georgia’s bill. From the CEO down to vice presidents, they must explain how their decisions are in the company’s financial best interests.
According to Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State, if officers fail to make decisions based on that objective or directors fail to hold officers accountable, shareholders can even bring lawsuits against them.