Axios reports that the renowned CEO of Apple, Tim Cook strongly believes in the power of technology in strengthening democracy by allowing more people to easily vote. Cook shared his political views after a new voting law was passed in Georgia, Alabama.
The newly passed legislation enforces more restrictions on absentee voting and also reduced the timings of early voting hours on the weekends. The bill was opposed by the Democrats but passed by Republican representatives.
After new election law in Georgia Apple CEO, Tim Cook says technology can allow people to vote and practice their fundamental right
While talking about the sanctity of votes and democracy, Cook said different sections of American society fought for the right to vote which is an integral part of the country’s political structure. And the concerns of the new voting restrictions can be addressed with technology. As per the report, he said:
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.”
Apple believes that, thanks in part to the power of technology, it ought to be easier than ever for every eligible citizen to exercise their right to vote “We support efforts to ensure that our democracy’s future is more hopeful and inclusive than its past.”
The new election legislation is facing a backlash not only by people but also big cooperation like Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and others. Axios states that it is important the now big businesses speak against voter suppression because that silence will be counter-productive. It is reported that:
In an open letter out on Wednesday, over 70 Black executives demanded that corporate America take a stand against legislation that makes it harder to vote, as the New York Times first reported.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian, in a reversal on Wednesday: “I need to make it crystal clear that the final [Georgia] bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values.”
“Let me get crystal clear and unequivocal. This legislation is unacceptable,” Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey told CNBC on Wednesday.
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