Washington, D.C., chef José Andrés on Saturday called on Coca-Cola to help provide food and beverages to Georgia voters in light of a newly passed law that makes it illegal for people to provide food or water to voters as they wait in lines to cast their ballots.
The chef made his request in a tweet mentioning the beverage company's news Twitter page and its marketing page.
"Dear @CocaCola @CocaColaCo We the People need your help! Will you help me and many more friends, during the 2022 election in Georgia, to feed and water people waiting in line longer that 2 hours, to simply exercise their right to vote?" Andrés wrote.
Dear @CocaCola @CocaColaCo We the People need your help! Will you help me and many more friends, during the 2022 election in Georgia, to feed and water people waiting in line longer that 2 hours, to simply exercise their right to vote? Let’s make sure Democracy is a celebration!— Please wear a mask! Do it for the World please... (@chefjoseandres) March 27, 2021
The new Georgia voting law signed by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Thursday has faced outrage from multiple celebrities and legislators. President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE on Friday called the measure "Jim Crow in the 21st century."
“You don't need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive, designed to keep people from voting. You can't provide water for people about to vote. Give me a break,” he said.
GOP lawmakers who support the law have said that the provision on food and water was included in an effort to prevent the solicitation of votes and electioneering, or influencing voters, and have also noted that it only applies to the area within 150 feet of the polling booth.