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NC county bans Coca-Cola machines over criticism of GA voting legislation

The Coca-Cola Company's CEO said the company would focus on supporting federal legislation protecting voting access and addressing voter suppression

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By: Alyssa Wilson

Officials in Surry County, North Carolina, announced a ban on Coca-Cola vending machines in county-owned buildings after the company criticized Georgia’s new voting law, SB 202.  

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On April 1, James Quincey, the Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, released the following statement: “Voting is a foundational right in America, and we have long championed efforts to make it easier to vote. We want to be crystal clear and state unambiguously that we are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation.”  

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SB 202 restricts voting access in various ways, including making it a misdemeanor crime to give food or drinks to people waiting in line to vote. It also allows for unlimited challenges to voter registration and eligibility, requires counties to keep counting ballots without breaks and shortens the runoff cycle from nine weeks to four.  

According to WCNC Charlotte, leaders in the county said they are unhappy with the politics of the Atlanta-based company. Eddie Harris, who is the longest-serving commissioner in the county, said the response to the boycott has been “mostly positive.” He also hopes other counties in the state will implement the measure.  

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“Millions of Americans believe that the last presidential election was not held in a fair manner and that more voter fraud will occur in the future if elections are not closely monitored and regulated,” Harris wrote.  

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