WASHINGTON, D.C. — As more and more Republican governors sign voter suppression legislation into law, consumers and employees alike are demanding that corporations with business interests in the states stand up against efforts to limit access to the ballot box. We’re tracking all of the corporate statements that have come out in support of voting rights over the last few weeks — so far, over 40 companies have released general statements supporting voting rights and more than 200 CEOs signed onto a general statement supporting voting rights via the Civic Alliance. However, only a few specifically call out the states: 13 of the statements specifically condemned Georgia’s Senate Bill 202, and three take a stand against Texas’s pending voter restriction legislation.
The most impactful actions have come from two companies. The MLB pulled their All Star Game out of Atlanta in light of S.B. 202 and made clear the reason for their decision was the bill’s infringement on fair access to the ballot. The All Star Game will now be held in Denver, in a state with universal vote-by-mail. And Patagonia released a statement this week with clear action steps for corporations to take to stand up against suppressive legislation, including pressuring the U.S. Senate to pass S. 1 and donating to voting rights activists on the ground — which Patagonia did, splitting $1 million between the New Georgia Project and Black Voters Matter Fund.
You can keep up with all the corporate statements in support of voting rights so far with our tracker. Plus, check Democracy Docket’s Alerts page for new corporate actions that are making a difference in the fight for voting rights.