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Joseph Choi  
Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, on Tuesday voiced his support for voting to be “accessible and equitable,” less than a week after the GOP-controlled Georgia legislature passed a swath of new voting laws that limit voter access.

a close up of a cage: JPMorgan Chase CEO speaks out to defend voting rights in response to Georgia law© Getty Images JPMorgan Chase CEO speaks out to defend voting rights in response to Georgia lawIn a statement provided to CNN, Dimon said that JPMorgan Chase employees “span the United States.”

“And as state capitals debate election laws, we believe voting must be accessible and equitable,” he added.

“We regularly encourage our employees to exercise their fundamental right to vote, and we stand against efforts that may prevent them from being able to do so,” Dimon said.

CNN noted that Dimon did not specifically mention Georgia in his statement.

“Voting is fundamental to the health and future of our democracy,” Dimon added. “We are a stronger country when every citizen has a voice and a vote.”

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed the far-reaching election bill last Thursday. The bill limits the use of ballot drop boxes and imposes new voter ID requirements, among other restrictions.

The bill has been criticized by voting advocates as being racist, as initial drafts included barring early voting on Sundays, which Black churches have historically used to get churchgoers to the polls. The Sunday ban was later dropped by lawmakers.

Voting activists have called on several major companies to come out against Georgia’s new voting laws, mainly focusing on companies headquartered in Georgia, such as Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and Home Depot. Though several have voiced support for voter access, none have come out against the voting laws in Georgia so far.

Coca-Cola’s apparent inaction has led to calls for boycotting its products by voting rights activists. AME Sixth Episcopal District said last week that it would be calling for a statewide boycott of Coca-Cola products in Georgia.

Democrats have also condemned the bill, painting the legislation as a direct reaction the GOP’s recent losses in the Peach State. President Biden became the first Democratic candidate to win the state in nearly 30 years when he won in November. Democratic Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff also won in their respective run-off elections in Georgia January against former GOP senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.

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