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As in Georgia, Texas Democrats look to mobilize businesses against voting restrictions

Added 04-07-21 06:11:02pm EST - “With new voting restrictions making their way through the Texas Legislature, Democrats in the state are seeking to replicate the pressure campaign waged by activists and businesses in Georgia to stop the measures from becoming law.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “As in Georgia, Texas Democrats look to mobilize businesses against voting restrictions”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

With new voting restrictions making their way through the Texas Legislature, Democrats in the state are seeking to replicate the pressure campaign waged by activists and businesses in Georgia to stop the measures from becoming law.

On Tuesday, a coalition of activists and politicians called on major corporations with a presence in Texas to stop making political contributions to any state lawmakers who have supported Senate Bill 7, which would limit early voting hours, eliminate drive-through voting centers and roll back an expansion of mail-in voting that was allowed in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Texas is already the hardest state in the country to vote in,” said Sarah Labowitz, policy director with the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. The bill, which has been introduced in the Texas Legislature, would also criminalize any attempt to help people fill out or deliver their mail-in ballot, she said.

Other speakers on the call, including former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, accused Republicans of trying to reinstate Jim Crow-type restrictions on voting reminiscent of the post-Reconstruction era, in which African Americans were systemically and violently excluded from casting ballots.

Georgia Democrats waged a similar campaign aimed at corporations, drawing on a long history of racialized voter suppression in that state to accuse the GOP of trying to move the state and the nation backward with its latest voting bill. In response, several major corporations based in Georgia, such as Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, issued statements publicly opposing the legislation. And Major League Baseball shocked the country by relocating its All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver.

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