United’s statement comes after Delta Air Lines and American Airlines issued statements on voting laws either enacted or proposed in their respective home states of Georgia and Texas. Increased voter turnout played a key role in last year’s elections in which Democrats won control of the White House and Congress. Black executives have called on fellow executives to oppose a wave of new laws at the state level that appear aimed at making it harder to vote.
“Some have questioned the integrity of the nation’s election systems and are using it to justify stricter voting procedures, even though numerous studies have found zero evidence of widespread voter fraud in U.S. elections,” United said.
“Our mission is to connect people and unite the world. We believe that one of the most effective ways to do this is to engage in the democratic process, which begins with voting — a vital civic duty.”
Airlines are among the most visible consumer companies — and the biggest targets on social media. Atlanta-based Delta came under withering criticism for not speaking out more forcefully against a Georgia law that could discourage voting.