North Carolina County BANS Coca-Cola Machines In Retaliation To Voting Integrity Criticisms
Government officials in Surry County, North Carolina, voted to remove Coca-Cola machines from all local government facilities in response to the company CEO’s angry remarks regarding Georgia’s new voting law, which introduced multiple improvements to voter security such as requiring ID checks for absentee ballots.
The ban passed during a Board of Commissioners meeting on May 17. It passed closely with a 3-2 vote, and was a direct response to Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey’s comments calling the voting law “unacceptable” and “a step backwards.”
Commissioner Ed Harris provided “TODAY” Digital with the copy of a letter he sent Quincey, calling out the company’s “corporate political commentary favoring the Democratic party” and informing him of the decision to ban Coca-Cola machines from local government facilities.
“Our Board felt that was the best way to take a stand and express our disappointment in Coca-Cola’s actions, which are not representative of most views of our citizens,” he wrote. “Our Board hopes that other organizations across the country are taking similar stances against Coca-Cola and sincerely wishes that future marketing efforts and comments emanating from your company are more considerate of all your customers’ viewpoints.”
Quincey is one of many CEO’s from large corporations around the country encouraging radical leftism, with the CEO of Delta Airlines having made similar statements in regards to voting integrity measures taken in Georgia.
“Voting is a foundational right in America, and we have long championed efforts to make it easier to vote,” Quincey said in a statement published on Coca-Cola’s website. “We want to be crystal clear and state unambiguously that we are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation. Throughout Georgia’s legislative session we provided feedback to members of both legislative chambers and political parties, opposing measures in the bills that would diminish or deter access to voting.”
It is of course patently false that the recent integrity measures diminish access to voting, as they simply add requirements to verify citizenship that were lacking prior. Additions to Georgia voting law that were not present prior include requiring a citizen to show a government ID should they vote by mail. Quincey nor any other CEO who has come out in opposition to the law explained how basic voter security would harm the right to vote.
The recent move by the Surry County Board of Commissioners is promising, and one can only hope that local officials around the country will adopt the same mentality. When one considers that large corporations such as Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines are conducting an assault on our democracy, it seems appropriate to not provide them a market on taxpayer-funded facilities.