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Black CEOs Condemn Voter Curbs, Urge Peers to Fight Back

  • Signers include Vista’s Robert Smith, Ariel’s Mellody Hobson
  • New Georgia restrictions widely seen as targeting Black voters
Election officials assist voters at a polling location during the Senate runoff elections in Atlanta on Jan. 5, 2021. 

Election officials assist voters at a polling location during the Senate runoff elections in Atlanta on Jan. 5, 2021. 

Photographer: Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg
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Dozens of Black executives across the U.S. joined a call for corporations to take more action against voting-rights legislation being advanced by Republicans in at least 43 states that’s seen as an effort to limit participation by ethnic-minority voters.

The open letter led by Kenneth Chenault, a former chief executive officer of American Express Co., and Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of Merck & Co., comes a week after the passage of a Georgia law that activists say will disproportionately hurt the voting rights of African Americans.