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April 12, 2021

An individual’s right to vote is a bedrock principle on which our democracy is built. In our nation’s quest to form “a more perfect union,” the right to vote has expanded over time to include citizens who had previously been marginalized. Stroock has a proud history of working to create that more perfect union.

Recently, Georgia passed a new law to restrict voting access. This regressive step is a harbinger of similar efforts by other states to impede access to the polls, which would likely most adversely impact those historically marginalized citizens. Thankfully, corporate leaders have denounced these efforts and, more importantly in terms of impact, begun limiting or ending their business with Georgia. Notably, Major League Baseball moved its All-Star game from Georgia in response.

Today, we are proud to stand with other leaders of the bar in a collective statement decrying these attempts to roll back voting rights. The statement reads:

Equal access to voting is a fundamental right in the United States. Making voting easier, not harder, for all eligible voters should be the goal of every elected official. Election laws that impose unnecessary obstacles and barriers on the right to vote and that disenfranchise underrepresented groups represent a significant step backwards for all Americans. Now, more than ever, courageous leadership is required from our elected officials. We, the undersigned law firm managing partners and corporate general counsel, denounce all efforts to restrict the constitutional right of every eligible American to vote and to participate in our democracy.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Stroock is committed to bending that arc.