A growing number of large corporations have spoken out against Republican efforts to restrict voting, this time in Texas.
On Thursday, American Airlines and Dell Technologies voiced their objection to proposals in the state that would restrict local measures to facilitate voting, such as extending early voting hours.
The backlash in Texas came just a day after Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola spoke out against similar efforts in Georgia, though both companies waited until the Georgia governor had already signed the law to criticize it.
“I need to make it clear that the final bill is unacceptable and not in line with Delta’s values,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian wrote on Wednesday in an internal memo to employees that the company posted on its website. Delta is Georgia’s largest employer.
The language was much stronger than Delta used before the law was passed, when the company only made general statements in support of voting rights but refused to comment on the law. Coca-Cola, which had also refused to comment on the legislation before it was passed, issued a similarly worded statement.
Those comments came a day after a group of black executives led by former American Express chief executive and the current chief executive of drug maker Merck urged companies to oppose legislative proposals that would make it harder to vote across the country particularly affect the voting rights of black Americans.
On Thursday, American Airlines and Dell each went into separate bills that found their way through Texas lawmakers.
“This morning the Texas Senate passed laws with provisions that restrict access to voting,” the airline said in a statement Thursday, referring to Senate Law 7. “To make the Americans’ stance clear, we are strongly against I like this law and others. “
Michael Dell, the executive director of the Round Rock, Texas-based company that bears his name, reached out to Twitter to voice his company’s opposition to House Bill 6, a measure that would prevent local election officials from proactive filing Inbox to send out ballot papers.
“Free, fair and equitable access to elections is the foundation of American democracy,” wrote Dell on Thursday. “These rights – especially for women, color communities – were hard earned. Governments should make sure that citizens hear their voices. HB6 does the opposite and we are against it. “
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines declined to comment on certain laws. “In our opinion, the right to vote is a basic requirement for our democracy and a right desired by everyone,” said the company in a statement on Friday. “We believe that every voter should have a fair opportunity to have their voice heard.”