“Our focus is now on supporting federal legislation that protects voting access and addresses voter suppression across the country,” Quincey said. “We all have a duty to protect everyone’s right to vote, and we will continue to stand up for what is right in Georgia and across the US.”
Business leaders have been under growing pressure to denounce Georgia’s voting law and similar measures in other states. Quincey’s new statement follows his prior criticism, calling the law “unacceptable” and “a step backwards.”
“This legislation is wrong and needs to be remedied,” Quincey said in an interview on CNBC Wednesday. “We will continue to advocate for [changes], both in private and now even more clearly in public.”
“I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values,” Bastian said in a statement to employees. “After having time to now fully understand all that is in the bill, coupled with discussions with leaders and employees in the Black community, it’s evident that the bill includes provisions that will make it harder for many underrepresented voters, particularly Black voters, to exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives. That is wrong.”
That prompted a response from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, accusing Bastian of spreading misinformation and not recognizing the upsides for voting security included in the bill.
The “statement by Delta CEO Ed Bastian stands in stark contrast to our conversations with the company, ignores the content of the new law, and unfortunately continues to spread the same false attacks being repeated by partisan activists,” Kemp said in a statement.
–CNN Business’ Chris Isidore contributed to this report.