American Airlines has issued a statement opposing Senate Bill 7 in the state of Texas. Based in Fort Worth, the airline company stated that they are not only opposed to Senate Bill 7, but any bill that would make it more difficult for eligible American voters from fulfilling their civic duty.
Earlier this morning, the Texas State Senate passed legislation with provisions that limit voting access. To make American’s stance clear: We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it,” the airline company stated on April 1.
“Voting is the hallmark of our democracy and is the foundation of our great country. We value the democratic process and believe every eligible American should be allowed to exercise their right to vote, no matter which political party or candidate they support.”
Senate Bill 7 was approved by the Texas Senate last week. If signed into law, it would ban drive-thru voting, restrict early voting hours and empower poll watchers to record others as they vote. This bill would add to existing state laws that many argue are already the most restrictive in the country.
American Airlines is not the only major company speaking out against Senate Bill 7. Founded in Round Rock, Dell Technologies has also publicly criticized the proposal.
“Free, fair, equitable access to voting is the foundation of American democracy. Those rights — especially for women, communities of color — have been hard-earned,” the tech company stated.
“Governments should ensure citizens have their voices heard. HB6 does the opposite, and we are opposed to it.”
The bill was approved after seven hours of debate in the Texas Senate. Now, the bill will be up for a vote in the Texas House of Representatives.