Saturday, December 4, 2021

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Voting should be easier than ever, Alabama native says

Apple CEO Tim Cook, a native of Robertsdale and graduate of Auburn University, is speaking out against Georgia’s election law.

In a statement to Axios, Cook says that due to advances in technology, voting should be easier than ever.

“The right to vote is fundamental in a democracy. American history is the story of expanding the right to vote to all citizens, and Black people, in particular, have had to march, struggle and even give their lives for more than a century to defend that right,” Cook said. “We support efforts to ensure that our democracy’s future is more hopeful and inclusive than its past.”

In the wake of Georgia’s new election laws, some large corporations have faced pressure to speak out against the measures.

The chief executives of Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, both based in Georgia, called the law “unacceptable,” opening an unusual rift with Republican leaders who championed the legislation and typically enjoy a cozy relationship with the state’s business community, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

Those companies along with other Georgia-based companies, like Home Depot and UPS, have faced the threat of boycotts over the law.

The new law adds a photo ID requirement for voting absentee by mail, cuts the amount of time people have to request an absentee ballot and limits where drop boxes can be placed and when they can be accessed.

It also bans people from handing out food or water to voters waiting in line and allows the Republican-controlled State Election Board to remove and replace county election officials while curtailing the power of the secretary of state as Georgia’s chief elections officer.

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Republicans insist the changes are needed to restore voters’ confidence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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