Coca-Cola circumvents Georgia’s electoral law controversy in calling for profits

Coca-Cola circumvents Georgia’s electoral law controversy in calling for profits

The law, called SB202, requires anyone requesting or submitting an absentee ballot to provide a driver’s license or state ID card.  Ticker Security Last Change Change % KO THE COCA-COLA CO. 53.85 +0.12 +0.21% Those not able to do so can confirm their identities by giving the last four digits of their Social Security number plus their birth date; a utility bill; a bank statement; a paycheck; a government check; or another similar government document that includes their name and address.

Coca-Cola first faced boycott calls from liberals for not immediately condemning the law and then from conservatives who said the beverage maker should stay out of politics. The company faced criticism for its response as it required shareholders attending its 2020 annual meeting to present identification. Additionally, some Republican state legislators in Georgia requested that Coca-Cola products be removed from their offices.  A spokesperson for Coca-Cola told FOX News that the company has “no additional comment” on the matter. Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said on Thursday the company hasn’t “seen any significant impact from the different discussions that have been going on in Georgia.

Coca-Cola CEO James Quincy issued a statement earlier this month saying the company was “disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation.” The Atlanta-based beverage maker, along with Delta Air Lines Inc., has in recent weeks faced criticism for taking a stance against the new law and then not joining a statement signed by hundreds of CEOs and corporations that opposed “discriminatory legislation” that makes more it for difficult for people to vote. 

Coca-Cola in February faced backlash after the company included a LinkedIn training seminar in its diversity program that told employees to be “less white” and “less oppressive.” A company spokesperson at the time told Fox News that the seminar was not part of its “learning curriculum,” but included in training on “diversity, equity, and inclusion.” The company’s response to the new election law wasn’t the first time it has been in the spotlight over its concerns about racial disparities in America.

Quincey said that Coca-Cola is focused on “supporting federal legislation that protects voting access and addresses voter suppression across the country.” Other measures in the new law include expanding access to early voting and mandated, secure drop boxes, some of which have limits on when they can be accessed.

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