He made the comments in a memo to staff on Wednesday.
ATLANTA – Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian has blown the state’s new electoral laws, which Governor Brian Kemp signed in a memo to his staff on Wednesday last week.
He said the airline had joined other companies in the state and worked closely with elected officials from both parties to try to get rid of “some of the most egregious measures”.
“I have to make it clear, however, that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values,” Bastian wrote in the memo. “The right to vote is sacred. It is fundamental to our democracy and these rights not only need to be protected but also easily facilitated in a safe way.”
RELATED: Georgia Corporations Respond to New Electoral Law Signed by Governor Kemp as Boycott Demand Raises
He said that after taking the time to fully understand the bill and speaking with executives and employees in the black community, it is evident that the bill is making it harder for people to vote.
“The entire rationale for this bill was based on a lie: that there was widespread electoral fraud in Georgia in 2020 elections. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, this excuse is used in states across the country trying to pass similar laws Legislation restricting voting rights, “he wrote.
RELATED: Georgia’s New Controversial Electoral Law Debated: “Jim Crow 2.0” Or Measures Of Electoral Integrity?
He said he will continue to work with leaders and elected officials, and closely monitor legislation in Congress that will expand voting rights nationwide.
“I know this outcome has caused frustration, anger and pain to many members of our Delta Family in Georgia. I pledge that Delta will continue to do everything in our power to hear your voice and your rights as we proceed to protect, both in Georgia and across the country. “
- Requires an ID number such as a driver’s license to request a postal vote
- Closes requests for absentee ballots 11 days before an election
- Limits the number of postal ballot papers
- Allows the state to take control of what it calls “subpar” local electoral systems
- Prohibits volunteers from giving away food and drink to queuing voters
Republicans said the state election law was overdue to be revised independently of the 2020 election. Some supporters also claim that this will help give everyone equal access to voting.
RELATED: Biden calls GA electoral law an “blatant attack on the Constitution” and “Jim Crow in the 21st Century”. Kemp answers