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Do GovCon companies need to take part in the fight against voting restrictions? -Washington Technology

Do GovCon companies need to take part in the fight against voting restrictions?

Some companies with strong ties to the federal market are among the hundreds of large companies that have signed their names in statements against laws that restrict voting.

Georgia is the only state to date that has enacted legislation to tighten election regulations, and critics unfairly impact minorities and other groups who have historically faced barriers in ballot boxes. It states.

Many other states are considering similar legislation, and this statement, sponsored by the Black Economic Alliance, aims to put pressure on these states not to follow Georgia’s initiative.

The move to change voting regulations has been driven by many Republicans and supported by false allegations of fraudulent voting led by former President Donald Trump. It was those false allegations that fueled the January 6 Capitol Hill riots.

A pure, listed government contractor did not sign the letter. These companies earn over 90% of their annual revenue from federal contracts.

However, it was signed by a company doing important business in the federal market.

  • Accenture
  • Alphabet (Google’s parent)
  • Amazon
  • Cisco
  • Dell
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Deloitte
  • IBM
  • Salesforce
  • ServiceNow
  • VMware

Numerous law firms have also signed, many of which are active in the federal market and not only practice contract law, but also advise on mergers and acquisitions.

  • Arnold & Porter
  • Covington & Burling
  • Crouwel & Moring
  • Holland & Knight
  • McGuire Woods
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Squier Patton Boggs
  • Venable

I contacted the alliance and learned about the process they used to collect these signatures. There is a good chance that they never approached. I’ll update this post for more details.

But the legitimate question is whether government contractors should sign such a statement in the first place.

Whether signed or not, I think today’s enterprises are being encouraged by many sources, including their employees, to tackle problems in new ways.

Leaders need to take that into account. Do they take the position of a company? Or not, do you want to create an atmosphere that individual employees can support? Where do you want to join and where do you want to join?

Many companies are skeptical of companies that play a leading role in politics. The motivation for profit is the recognition that it drives them more than altruistic motivation. That may be true in some cases, but in today’s world, companies cannot ignore issues that directly affect their employees and customers.

What we need to tackle is how to respond. But not responding is probably no longer a choice.

Contributor Nick Wakeman on April 14, 2021 so 12:18 pm


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