The eight GOP state House representatives sent a letter to Kevin Perry, president, and CEO of the Georgia Beverage Association, demanding that the products be removed from their offices now in response to Coca-Cola’s cooperation in the campaign to “cancel” the Peach State.
The lawmakers described the beverage's big move to denounce the law as a deliberate effort to mislead Georgian residents and further split the state.
“We have the responsibility to all of Georgia to not engage in those misguided intentions nor continue to support corporations who choose to,” the lawmakers wrote in their letter that was dated April 3. “Given Coke’s choice to cave to the pressure of an out-of-control cancel culture, we respectfully request all Coca-Cola Company products be removed from our office suite immediately.”
They added that they would re engage with the company should Coca-Cola choose to “read the bill, share its true intentions and accept their role in the dissemination of mistruths.”
This comes during increasing influence on large corporations to take a position on the continuing battle over voting rights and election integrity in America. Georgia’s newly passed election law has accumulated serious criticism over recent months, after the state passed the law to address concerns about election integrity that glowed up in the November 2020 election. That election saw several states complete changes to voting regulations and procedures to expand mail-in voting that was said to ensure that voting access wasn’t limited by the pandemic.
While Democrats, some civil rights activists, and other critics say the law would disproportionately affect minority groups’ access to voting, Georgia officials say the law seeks to streamline vote-counting methods, secure election integrity, and legal votes, and includes some provisions to expand voting access.
The 95-page law adds a slew of changes to the way Georgians vote, including asking for a photo or state-approved identification to vote absentee by mail. The law also directs that secure drop boxes be placed inside early voting locations with constant surveillance, and expands early voting across the state.
The law also shortens the election cycle from nine weeks to four weeks and requires a minimum of one week of early voting before election day. People who wish to vote absentee are faced with new requirements as well.
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey called the legislation a “step backward” during an interview on CNBC in late March.