Georgia Voting Legislation Limits Rights, May Harm Small Businesses

For Immediate Release: 
Friday, March 26, 2021

Statement from Rachel Shanklin, Small Business Majority’s Georgia Outreach Manager, on the economic and democratic consequences of Georgia’s decision to restrict voting rights

"Gov. Kemp's decision to sign legislation limiting voting rights is a blow to small business owners and all Georgians who should have a voice in selecting the lawmakers who make the policies that impact their livelihoods. Georgia small business owners have had the freedom to pursue the American dream, but that dream cannot exist for everyone unless all citizens have the ability to participate in our elections without barriers. Entrepreneurs agree: our democracy is strongest when all Georgians have fair access to voting. 

But the argument here is not purely one of democratic process, it’s also a matter of practicality. We know from the recent past that statewide laws restricting the rights and freedoms of specific groups have far-reaching economic consequences that impact businesses both large and small, and the reaction to these new voting laws will likely be no different. This is the wrong move for our state, and we expect the blowbacks to be swift and severe."

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