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Companies need to support HB 75

January 7, 2022

HB 75, which amends Delaware’s Constitution to loosen antiquated restrictions on absentee voting and requires super majority approval for passage, has run into surprising resistance in Delaware’s House of Representatives. This resistance is surprising because this legislation was overwhelmingly approved during the last session of the General Assembly. (This amendment must be passed by two concurrent sessions of the General Assembly since it amends the Constitution.)

Republican House members have stated that they will not support HB 75, without providing any arguments to support their decision.

A number of companies with a large Delaware presence have publicly declared, as members of the Civic Alliance, that voters should have the freedom to cast their ballots easily and participate fully in our democracy. However, they have been silent about HB 75.  It is time for them to wake up. Wake up, Amazon, stand up for your hundreds of Delaware employees to make it easier for them to vote. Wake up, Best Buy, Nordstrom, BP, Hilton, Target, Tanger Outlets and Starbucks, your Delaware customers deserve your support for their voting access.

Wake up, Capital One and Neuberger Berman, use your lobbying power, which has been used successfully on many occasions to support your business models, to lobby for your clients. Wake up, Boston Beer, make your new voice in Delaware heard on behalf of your devoted Dogfish fans.

Finally, any company in Delaware employing government relations specialists who roam the halls of the General Assembly to influence legislation affecting your bottom line must wake up, make your company and Delaware stronger by instructing those experts to make it clear to the Delaware House of Representatives that it is important to you to pass HB 75.

Matt Lynch
Wilmington
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