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Texas threatens to become next flash point on voting rules

Stock MarketsApr 02, 2021 01:55AM ET
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By David Shepardson, Joseph Ax and Tracy Rucinski

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Texas appeared on Thursday to become the next flash point on politically charged issues in Corporate America after legislation passed by the state Senate to limit voting access prompted a rebuke from American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL).

"We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it," Fort Worth, Texas-based American said in a statement.

The legislation, which is now set to go before the Texas House of Representatives, would eliminate drive-through voting, limit polling site hours and give partisan poll watchers more autonomy.

Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), also based in Texas, declined to say if it opposed the legislation but said: "We believe every voter should have a fair opportunity to let their voice be heard. This right is essential to our nation’s success."

The Texas effort drew sharp criticism from voting rights advocates and Democrats in the state, who argue that the legislation would make it more difficult for Texans, particularly those of color, to cast ballots.

The state already has some of the most stringent voting laws in the country, according to election experts. A state House of Representatives committee on Thursday was holding a hearing on a companion bill that would impose other voting restrictions.

Texas is one of several states, including Georgia, Florida, Arizona and Iowa, where Republican lawmakers have pursued new voting limits after former President Donald Trump falsely blamed his November loss on widespread voter fraud despite no evidence.

Republican lawmakers say the law is needed to ensure public confidence in election integrity.

The comments by American and Southwest came after Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) on Wednesday joined a growing number of companies that challenged the state of Georgia's new voting restrictions.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian blasted the law on Wednesday in a reversal from an initial statement last week that sparked a popular backlash.

But his new stance drew condemnation from Georgia's Republican Governor Brian Kemp and many Republicans, including Senator Marco Rubio who questioned why Delta criticized Georgia but not China.

"Far too many multinational corporations are too eager to make their voices heard on the woke issues of the day in the United States, but remain stunningly silent, or in Delta’s case, complicit, in real, ongoing atrocities in countries like China." Rubio wrote.

Delta did not immediately comment on Rubio's letter.

The Georgia House late Wednesday voted to repeal a jet fuel sales tax break that Delta uses but the state Senate did not act on it before the legislative session adjourned.

Kemp told Fox Business he thought the tax issue was "moot" now that the legislature had adjourned.

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Ad Cline Apr 03, 2021 11:18PM ET
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dogood.. since for you the only "legal" voters are white Republican ones, they must be protected no matter what.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 02, 2021 5:36AM ET
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States insisting that EVERY legal vote counts and every illegal vote DOESN’T should be something that any and every rational person and corporation should overwhelmingly support. Is America no longer a country reliant on logic?
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 02, 2021 5:36AM ET
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ideology has replaced logic and American value. sad
Paolo Sarvia
Paolo Sarvia Apr 02, 2021 5:05AM ET
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Why don't symply make republicans the ones with vote rigths? Ah yes, do also build a tall wall on state borders. No doors. ;-)
Michael Serafini
Michael Serafini Apr 02, 2021 5:03AM ET
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The article states “threatens”. You should know what you are about to read...
oeg vokar
oeg vokar Apr 02, 2021 3:48AM ET
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It's weird. Democrats are raising taxes to Corporations and big earners....and they are after Republicans. What the *******
Kris GE
Kris GE Apr 02, 2021 3:39AM ET
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Is Delta, or AAL allowing you to get on their planes without any ID's? Are they hiring pilots without pilots license, and verified credentials? Or they are just plain hypocrites, and traitors playing to the WOKE crowd and ignoring the mainstream Americans. The same applies to Coke. Are they hiring people without any ID's, or their trackers without checking their driver's license and credentials? NO. Then STOP pandering to be WOKE, and get out of politics. Take care of your dirty business dealings. We can always learn about your dirty business dealing around the world, if we really dig into it.
Ramesh Shah
Ramesh Shah Apr 02, 2021 3:29AM ET
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sud Usa deport all people who are "poor" and Non white?
Shane Gg
Shane Gg Apr 02, 2021 3:07AM ET
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Nothing more than  PR from the airlines. They don't want to appear "unwoke." Unless they forgot jets run on jet fuel that comes from crude oil, which Ds want to abolish. When jets begin to run on solar power, the airlines statements on voting integrity (or defending the lack of) will make more sense. One has to wonder why people think that make a law the applies to every single person regardless of race is somehow racist. Notice we hear no complaints about the 400 million Zuckerberg spent, putting far more voting drop off boxes into areas that were far less likely to have R voters.
Lucas P
Lucas P Apr 02, 2021 2:48AM ET
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Why do all the normal people live in TX and all the loons live here in CA...
Shane Gg
Shane Gg Apr 02, 2021 2:48AM ET
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Loons migrate to coastal areas, that they say will be under water in (insert random number) years. That's what loons typically do.
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Boo Foo Apr 02, 2021 12:08AM ET
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this is voter verification, not suppression. Only the uneducated believe it's suppression.
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CatholicMan Apr 01, 2021 10:55PM ET
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Won’t be flying delta or american.
oeg vokar
oeg vokar Apr 01, 2021 10:55PM ET
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The truth is big Corporations care more about good relations with China not Americans.
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 01, 2021 10:23PM ET
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Delta is on my no-fly list, after American
Jurgen Daub
Jurgen Daub Apr 01, 2021 10:23PM ET
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i guess you have a privat jet
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Apr 01, 2021 8:45PM ET
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Making the issue about race does nothing but promote racial division. I am sure there are also plenty of white people who are in the same socioeconomic position that this legislation apparently “disenfranchised”. Make it about socioeconomic position and not race if you want to promote unity.
Shane Gg
Shane Gg Apr 01, 2021 8:45PM ET
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That's the goal. Divide us into groups against each other = weaken the nation without the need for military invasion.
James Pattison
James Pattison Apr 01, 2021 8:21PM ET
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Verifying who is votingis legally allowed is not wrong... to let people vote who are jot legally voting disenfranchises all those who vote legally
Gabriel Watson
Galaxybane Apr 01, 2021 7:58PM ET
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AAL getting all the government flights in exchange of lobbying, probably...
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Debra Iona Cummings Apr 01, 2021 6:13PM ET
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Stay out of politics!
 
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