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Hundreds of leaders from Amazon, Google, BlackRock, Starbucks, and other high-profile companies signed a statement expressing opposition to legislation proposed or adopted in several states seeking to make voting harder. The statement, printed Wednesday in an advertisement in The New York Times, said “we must ensure the right to vote for all of us.” The message was organized by two prominent Black corporate leaders, Ken Chenault and Ken Frazier. The statement described the message as “bipartisan,” and didn’t directly mention specific legislation, such as measures in Georgia, Texas, and other states where Republican lawmakers are pushing tougher voting restrictions. “We all should feel a responsibility to defend the right to vote,” the statement said. [CNN]

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