Recall Major League Baseball’s, Coca Cola’s, and Delta Airlines’ reactions to Georgia’s voter integrity protection law, SB202, passed last year. That law, after all, created such nasty things as
- signature matching
- voter ID
- restrictions on drop boxes
- ban on the mass mailing of absentee ballot request forms to those who did not ask for them,
- mandatory citizenship checks
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said baseball’s decision to pull the All Star Game out of Atlanta that year, causing the loss of upwards of $70 million of revenue to Atlanta’s small and medium businesses, was the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said Georgia’s law is unacceptable and a step backwards.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian said that Georgia’s law is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values.
Here’s what that law, wholly unacceptable to these corporations’ values, did.
- total turnout of early voters—both in-person and absentee—was 2,504,956, an all-time record
- 2,288,889 total early in-person voters this year, compared to 1,890,364 early in-person voters in the 2018 midterm elections, a 17% increase
- average wait time in [voting] lines was about two minutes in the afternoon, when a day’s voting really starts getting going
- tracking at three minutes
- longest on the leader board 14 minutes
- check-in time, when you got to the front line, 47 seconds
Now we know clearly what those corporate values are: low voter turnout, great difficulty getting to a voting booth for those who are allowed to vote, voting by illegal aliens and other non-citizens.
In fine, those corporations have shown their values to be suppression of citizens’ ability to vote and diminution of the value of citizens’ votes through promotion of non-citizens’ votes.
Why would any American citizen want to do business with this kind of corporation, a corporation that so blatantly disparages what it means to be an American citizen?