Jul 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Over 150 companies call on Congress to pass voting rights legislation

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Over 150 companies, including PepsiCo, Amazon and Target, urged Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, in a letter published Wednesday.

Why it matters: The companies, which collectively employ 4 million U.S. workers, expressed support for the sweeping bill that is named after civil rights leader and former Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who died last year

  • The bill would restore an updated version of the Justice Department's preclearance authority to approve voting changes in jurisdictions with a history of discrimination.
  • Other signatories include Macy’s, Ikea, Nestlé USA, Patagonia and Cisco.

What they're saying: “Despite decades of progress, impediments to exercising the right to vote persist in many states, especially for communities of color,” the group wrote in a letter to members of Congress.

  • “We need federal protections to safeguard this fundamental right for all Americans," the letter reads.
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