Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey says that his company is “disappointed” with new voting legislation in Georgia.
“Our focus is now on supporting federal legislation that protects voting access and addresses voter suppression across the country,” Quincey said. “We all have a duty to protect everyone’s right to vote, and we will continue to stand up for what is right in Georgia and across the US.”
The new law restricts voters’ access to ballot drop-offs, early voting, and absentee voting.
“This legislation is wrong and needs to be remedied,” Quincey said in a ‘Power Lunch’ interview on CNBC. “We will continue to advocate for [changes], both in private and now even more clearly in public.”
Republicans argue that the new law will keep fraud away from the voting process. 72 Black executives wrote an open letter condemning the new law and Atlanta-based corporations for being silent. Delta Airlines CEO, Ed Bastian, issued a statement condemning the new law.
“I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values,” Bastian said in a memo to employees. “After having time to now fully understand all that is in the bill, coupled with discussions with leaders and employees in the Black community, it’s evident that the bill includes provisions that will make it harder for many underrepresented voters, particularly Black voters, to exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives. That is wrong.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp accused Bastian of spreading misinformation.
“The statement by Delta CEO Ed Bastian stands in stark contrast to our conversations with the company, ignores the content of the new law, and unfortunately continues to spread the same false attacks being repeated by partisan activists,” Gov. Kemp said.