Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks out against Georgia's new voting restrictions

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks out against Georgia's new voting restrictions

FILE PHOTO: CEO Tim Cook speaks at an Apple event at their headquarters in Cupertino, US.

On Thursday, the CEO of Apple Inc Tim Cook was the latest corporate leader to speak out against the state of Georgia's new voting restrictions, which many critics say targets Blacks and other ethnic minorities.

The American history is the story of expanding the right to vote to all citizens, and Black people have had to fight and even give their lives for more than a century to defend this right, Cook said in a statement.

The Georgia law, which has weakened identification requirements for absentee ballots, shortened the early voting periods for runoffs and made it a misdemeanor for members of the public to offer food and water to voters waiting in line.

According to Apple, thanks in part to the power of technology, it would be easier than ever for every eligible citizen to exercise their right to vote, Cook said.

The measure, which has also been slammed by Republican President Joe Biden, faces legal challenges from civil rights groups that claim it aims to demonize voting among blacks and other minorities.

On Wednesday, several companies led a charge to challenge the law, with major executives making statements against voting restrictions.

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