Businesses speak out as Texas Republicans push voting restrictions

By Fredreka Schouten10 days ago

(CNN)Business groups and voting rights organizations are attempting to apply public pressure on Texas Republicans as lawmakers gear up to finalize bills that would make it harder to vote in parts of the Lone Star State and criminalize some of the actions of election workers.

A group of some 50 trade associations and companies, including corporate giants such as HP, Microsoft and American Airlines, released a letter Tuesday urging elected leaders to oppose any changes that would restrict eligible voters' access to the ballot. The letter came from a coalition known as Fair Elections Texas.

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A separate group of Houston-area business leaders, meanwhile, sent a letter to Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan and members of Texas' Legislature, warning that the restrictions will inevitably damage our competitiveness in attracting businesses and workers to Houston if they become law.

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