© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: CEO Tim Cook speaks at an Apple event at its Cupertino headquarters
(Reuters) – Apple Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 Chief Executive Tim Cook was the latest corporate leader to speak out against Georgia‘s new voting restrictions, which many critics say targets blacks and blacks on Thursday. other racial minorities. “American history is the story of the expansion of the right to vote to all citizens, and blacks, in particular, have had to march, fight, and even give their lives for more than a century to defend that right,” Cook said. it‘s a statement. . The Republican-backed Georgia law strengthened identification requirements for absentee ballots, shortened early voting periods for second elections, and made it a misdemeanor for members of the public to offer food and water to waiting voters. in line. “Apple believes that, thanks in part to the power of technology, it should be easier than ever for all eligible citizens to exercise their right to vote,” Cook said. The measure, which has also been criticized by Democratic President Joe Biden, faces legal challenges from civil rights groups who argue it aims to suppress voting among blacks and other racial minorities. On Wednesday, major US companies led an indictment for defying the law, and several executives made statements against the voting restrictions.