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Religious leaders calling for Home Depot boycott over Georgia voting law

A group of religious leaders is calling for a boycott of Home Depot over Georgia’s controversial voting law.

The group, led by Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, who is the president of the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, plans to announce the boycott in a press conference on Tuesday, according to 11 Alive in Atlanta.

The boycott comes after Atlanta-based Home Depot failed to speak publicly against SB 202, which Gov. Brian KempBrian KempStacey Abrams on why she won't quit working: 'The world isn't fair yet' Georgia, South Carolina governors sign bills to pay college athletes Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE (R) signed into law late last month.

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The company also failed to attend a virtual meeting with the leaders and other corporate executives on the law, according to the news outlet.

Coca-Cola, which is also based in Atlanta, convened a virtual meeting but the faith leaders said that Home Depot “chose not to attend the meeting, ignored a series of follow-up requests, and has failed to speak publicly on the new law,” according to 11 Alive.

The boycott will be the first formal boycott after attempts at discussions with the company failed.

Speaking to The New York Times, Jackson said the company “demonstrated an indifference, a lack of response to the call, not only from clergy, but a call from other groups to speak out in opposition to this legislation.”

In a statement to The Hill, a spokesperson for Home Depot said "we’ve decided that the most appropriate approach for us to take is to continue to underscore our statement that all elections should be accessible, fair and secure and support broad voter participation, and to continue to work to ensure our associates in Georgia and across the country have the information and resources to vote."

While Home Depot has not specifically spoken out against SB 202, the Times noted that the company issued a statement saying “the most appropriate approach for us to take is to continue to underscore our belief that all elections should be accessible, fair and secure.”

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Other companies, such as Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, have spoken out against the law and raised concerns about it.

At least five lawsuits have been filed against SB 202 within a month of its enactment.

Among other provisions, SB 202 added photo ID requirements for absentee voting and limited the use of ballot drop boxes. A more controversial provision prohibits food and water from being handed to people waiting in line.