Kemp, in an interview on CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” dismissed the business push back, repeatedly competing that it makes voting more safe and secure in the state while touting its provisions to make ballot drop boxes completely part of elections, for example. “There were counties in 2015 that didn’t even have a drop box since it’s never appeared in the law in the past,” Kemp stated, noting the law mandates all Georgia counties have at least one drop box. However, critics state the legislation will have the effect of minimizing their availability in populated counties like Fulton and Dekalb. “We have 159 counties in Georgia. One hundred and thirty-four of those counties under this legislation will be using more hours of early voting, not less, so I would motivate these CEOs to take a look at these other states they’re doing organization in, and compare what the real truths are to Georgia, and I think their focus will most likely need to be in other places and not here,” Kemp stated. Earlier Wednesday, Frazier stressed that he was concerned about restrictive voting proposals being introduced in other states. “Georgia is the leading edge of a motion all around this nation to limit voting gain access to,” Frazier said. He added, “These sort of expenses have to be dropped in their tracks due to the fact that you have to in fact spend time reading this costs to comprehend what it does, and I think corporations should take an extremely strong stand in Georgia and every location else.” Frazier pushed back highly on the tip that, by particularly condemning the Georgia modifications and similar efforts being pressed in other states, corporations would incorrectly wade into tangles of partisan politics.
Free and reasonable access to the tally was never ever a partisan concern. It’s a fundamental constitutional right. Ken Frazier Merck CEO
“If we enable a party to embrace as one of its essential techniques voter suppression, then I do not think the answer should be, ‘Well we can’t talk about voter suppression since otherwise we’re being partisan,'” said Frazier, who is set to retire as Merck CEO later on this year after a years at the helm. “Free and reasonable access to the tally was never a partisan issue. It’s a basic constitutional right.” For the Georgia law, in particular, Frazier worried he was not claiming every single arrangement was restrictive and hurt Black voters. For example, advocates of the costs note it mandates 2 Saturdays of early ballot leading up to basic elections, when formerly only one had actually been required. Numerous other elements are problematic, Frazier competed, such as limitations on the locations and availability of tally drop boxes, as well constraints on offering food and water to citizens while they wait in line. Other critics have actually kept in mind the law reduces the time allowed to ask for an absentee tally. “In totality, these modifications will make it much harder for certain voters to vote,” Frazier said. “There’s already not equal access,” Frazier included, referencing information that shows longer wait times for Black voters in Georgia than white counterparts. “What we’re stating is that state by state, in the lack of validated and compelling evidence of citizen scams, any actions that are required to limit the capability of eligible voters to vote should be opposed,” he stated.
A sign is viewed as citizens line up for the U.S. Senate run-off election, at a polling location in Marietta, Georgia, U.S., January 5, 2021. Mike Segar|Reuters