The newfound alliance of business and democrats fighting for protection Access to the vote warned Republican-controlled lawmakers across the country for the first time that there could be real economic ramifications if they continued restrictive electoral laws on the false pretext of eradicating widespread electoral fraud that simply didn’t exist in the EU are pursuing 2020 election despite efforts by former President Donald Trump to light up the American people with gas. Fighting these proposals at the local level is currently the most realistic shot for proponents of voting rights Democrats do not have enough votes in the US Senate to pass laws like the For the People Act, which would override many of the restrictive provisions of the new Georgian law and other similar laws. However, with many other laws restricting voting rights restricted by GOP-controlled state legislatures across the country, it is not yet clear whether the backlash to the Georgian law known as the Election Integrity Act of 2021 actually as Serving success becomes daunting. The Georgia-run GOP house quickly showed that they could hit back companies like Delta, whose CEO had labeled the new law “false” and “based on a lie,” when they called on Wednesday for revoking an aviation fuel tax break voted, which benefited the company. The Georgia Senate didn’t pick it up on the final day of the state’s legislature, but lawmakers have still warned they have tools to seek revenge. Given the loss of jobs and government revenue that is the inevitable price to be paid to moving the MLB All-Star Game, Democrats like Stacey Abrams, the voting rights activist and former candidate for governor, and Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia found themselves in an awkward position in which they praised the stance against voter suppression that some big corporations are taking, but also urged corporations, athletes and entertainers to “stay and fight,” as Abrams put it, without economically devastating state voters .
In a striking display of hubris – given the signing of the Georgian electoral law that sparked the economic backlash – the state’s Republican governor Brian Kemp argued at a press conference Saturday that democratic criticism of the electoral law cost “hard-working Georgians”. a paycheck. He accused the MLB of “indulging in the fear and lies of liberal activists,” suggesting that Democrats like Abrams used the debate to instill millions of “false indignation”.
“Georgians and all Americans should know what this decision means. It means that the culture is canceled and partisan activists come for your business,” said Kemp on Saturday. “They come to your hometown for your game or event and they come to cancel everything from sports to a living and they will stop at nothing to silence us all.”
Trump, who had previously argued with Kemp over his demands that the Georgia governor should override his Peach State loss in 2020, also weighed in on Saturday, calling on his supporters to punish companies, including the former President said they would give in to “wake up the culture of rejection”.
“It’s finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back – we have way more people than them! Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JP Morgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck . ” “Said Trump in a statement.” Don’t go back to their products until they give in. We can play the game better than they can. ”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms summed up the dilemma Democrats now face as they grapple with the force of corporate pressure to prevent measures like Georgia’s from spreading to other states.
“I can’t say I like it, but I definitely get it and it’s probably the first of many boycotts of our state,” said Bottoms Fredricka Whitfield of CNN during an interview in Newsroom about the MLB’s move. Saturday. “The Atlanta metropolitan area has nearly 30 Fortune 500 companies. We have a very large tourism industry in our state. And just like the lawmaker and governor made the decision to move this bill forward, people are making choices not to come to our state. And it’s going to affect millions of Georgians, jobs, small businesses, our businesses, and it’s very unfortunate. “
The law, she added, “is a terrible example for the rest of the country and the people will show us exactly how they feel by keeping their dollars out of this state.”
As Georgia Democrats and Republicans argued over who was responsible for the economic fallout from MLB’s exit, former President Barack Obama voiced his view that the move would advance the bigger cause of the struggle for the right to vote in the long run. On Twitter on Saturday, he congratulated the MLB on “taking a stand on behalf of the voting rights of all citizens” by moving the All-Star game out of Atlanta.
Texas could be the next front in voter suppression laws
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University found that 47 states have now passed 361 bills restricting voting. This shows the state-level dynamic of repressing voting following Trump’s baseless election campaign in an attempt to convince Americans that the electoral system is full of voter fraud. The centre’s list was last published The week showed that the number of bills restricting voting rights had increased 43% since it was last counted about a month ago.
One of the next fronts in this suffrage drama will clearly be Texas, which already has some of the most unaffordable electoral laws in the country.
During an overnight vote last week, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 7, which would limit the amount of time polls could be open – the expiry of overnight votes that were supposed to help relocate workers – and Electoral officials would prohibit electorate from moving to complete a vote by post.
The bill would prohibit drive-through voting and require disabled voters to email their request to confirm that they “have an illness or physical condition” that prevents them from appearing at the polling station “without the likelihood of needing personal help or harming my health. “It would also empower partisan election observers and enable them to videotape voters.
The Texas ACLU called the bill “an overt attempt at voter suppression” that falsely restricts early voting times and “makes it significantly more difficult for Texans with disabilities and those who need voting assistance to cast their vote”.
But Texas State Senator Bryan Hughes, a GOP writer on the bill, said the legislation had a simple goal – “easy to choose but hard to cheat” – and highlighting provisions like an amendment would ensure that voters standing in line to complete the polls can vote.
One difference between Texas and Georgia that suggests a gradual victory for advocates for voting rights is that several companies in Texas are opposed to laws that would restrict voting sooner – before they become law. For example, in a statement Thursday after the overnight vote, American Airlines recorded its objections to Senate Bill 7.
“We are strongly against this bill and others like it,” the company said. “As a Texas-based company, we must stand up for the rights of our team members and customers who call Texas at home and honor the sacrifices that generations of Americans have made to protect and expand the right to vote.”
Now that Georgian law has encouraged some large corporations to take a stand, it is possible that large corporations can help ease tremendous electoral restrictions while they are still proposals that are still being debated and not yet required by law.
But much will depend on the willingness of Republicans to listen – rather than resort to the punishment tactic proposed by Trump – and how successful the GOP is in keeping the conversation clear of its attempts to violate one of this country’s most cherished rights against its coercers to change outrage over “cancel culture”.