Business Coalitions to Speak Out Against Voting Restrictions in Texas

By Nick Corasaniti5 days ago

Companies including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Unilever are set to call for expanded voting access in the state after weeks of silence from national businesses on Republicans voting bills there.

Two broad coalitions of companies and executives plan to release letters on Tuesday calling for expanded voting access in Texas, wading into the contentious debate over Republican legislators proposed new restrictions on balloting after weeks of relative silence from the business community in the state.

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One letter comes from a group of large corporations, including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Unilever, Salesforce, Patagonia and Sodexo, as well as local companies and chambers of commerce, and represents the first major coordinated effort among businesses in Texas to take action against the voting proposals.

The letter, under the banner of a new group called Fair Elections Texas, stops short of criticizing the two voting bills that are now advancing through the states Republican-controlled Legislature, but opposes any changes that would restrict eligible voters access to the ballot.

A separate letter, also expected to be released on Tuesday and signed by more than 100 Houston executives, goes further. It directly criticizes the proposed legislation and equates the efforts with voter suppression.

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