Coca-Cola and Home Depot state opposition to Georgia voting restrictions

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Coca-Cola and Home Depot, two major corporations based in Georgia, expressed opposition to the state's push to restrict voting, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Why it matters: After the GOP lost in Georgia's Senate runoffs, Republican lawmakers moved quickly to introduce legislation that would make it harder to vote, baselessly citing voter fraud.

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  • Civil liberties groups have pushed corporations based in Georgia to oppose the effort, which critics say would severely impact Black voters.

The state of play: After the Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued a statement Friday that emphasized its support of "accessible and secure voting while upholding election integrity and transparency," representatives from Coca-Cola and Home Depot told the Post the companies are "aligned" with the comments.

  • Activists are pushing the companies to do more, however, noting that Black voters make up 30% of the state's electorate and consumer base.

  • Other companies have neither endorsed nor opposed any provisions.

What they're saying: "These corporations talk a big game about racial justice," Chris Baumann, vice president of Service Employees International Union, said in a statement to WashPost.

  • "But if the companies that profit from Black and brown people claim they back all Georgians, then they have to show up now when it counts."

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