Hundreds of CEOs Unite to Oppose GOP-led ‘Discriminatory’ Voting Limits

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    Hundreds of U.S. corporations and executives signed on to a new statement calling for a defense of Americans’ voting rights, the latest united backlash against Republican-led state efforts that threaten access to the polls.

    Voting is the “most basic and fundamental right,” the signatories wrote in a double-page ad that ran Wednesday in the New York Times. Among them were some of the biggest names in technology and finance, such as Inc., BlackRock Inc., Facebook Inc. and Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Warren Buffett.

    “We all should feel a responsibility to defend the right to vote and to oppose any discriminatory legislation or measures that restrict or prevent any eligible voter from having an equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot,” according to the statement.

    While the ad cast the effort as nonpartisan and didn’t commit to a single plan, the effort underscored the growing friction between Corporate America — a group historically in synch with Republican priorities — and the GOP establishment. The CEO criticism of voter restrictions has kindled blowback from Republicans including former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding that they stay out of politics.

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