Dozens of major corporations speak out against new Texas voting billMay 4, 2021
Texas voting rule changes challenged by big corporations
A Texas bill proposing new restrictions on how and when voters can cast ballots is being criticized by major companies. Townhall.com managing editor Spencer Brown and Fox News Headlines 24/7 reporter Carley Shimkus weigh in on what’s next.
Dozens of major corporations and business groups on Tuesday came out against proposed voting restrictions in Texas, signing an open letter opposing any legislation that would limit ballot access.
Nearly 50 companies, including Microsoft, American Airlines, HP, Patagonia and Unilever, released a joint statement under the banner of a new group called Fair Elections Texas, condemning general voting rights restrictions in Texas.
"We stand together, as a nonpartisan coalition, calling on all elected leaders in Texas to support reforms that make democracy more accessible and oppose any changes that would restrict eligible voters’ access to the ballot," the businesses wrote.
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HUNDREDS OF COMPANIES, CEOS UNITE TO OPPOSE 'DISCRIMINATORY' VOTING LAWS
The letter does not cite specific legislation, but comes as Texas Republicans push forward with two major bills that would cut early voting options, allow partisan poll watchers to record video or take photos of people casting ballots and place more restrictions on people who provide assistance with voting. Proponents of the measures say they will make elections more secure, despite minimal evidence of fraud, while critics say it will hinder voting access, particularly among people of color.
One measure – Senate Bill 7 – could be voted on by the state House as soon as this week.
"I think these bills intentionally introduce more hurdles to the process fo Texas voters, and I don’t think that’s a good thing," Nathan Ryan, the CEO of Austin-based consulting firm Blue Sky Partners, told FOX Business. Blue Sky Partners was one of the other letter signatories, which also included Levy Strauss, Etsy and Warby Parker.
A separate letter, also released on Tuesday, was signed by more than 100 prominent Houston executives and directly criticizes the proposed legislation.