Dem Objects to Voter Registration Event at ‘Right-Leaning Business’ Chick-fil-A

Penny Starr
By Penny Starr | October 5, 2016 | 12:34 PM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Times reported on Thursday that a Democrat is “crying foul over Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark's decision to hold voter registration drives at nine Chick-fil-A locations.”

“Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits, supports conservative causes,” the Times reported.

In 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy spoke publicly in opposition of same-sex marriage, causing criticism from gay rights activists and inspiring calls to boycott the chain.

In Florida, Susan McGrath, leader of the Stonewall Democrats and head of the Pinellas Democratic Party, said the decision to use Chick-fil-A would be similar to a Democratic supervisor of elections holding the event at Planned Parenthood, according to the Times.

Although McGrath expressed support for registering voters, she said it would “more transparent” to hold the voter drives at the Republican Party headquarters.

In a letter to Clark, McGrath wrote, "While some Democrats may occasionally dine at Chick-fil-A (and perhaps even members of the LGBT community), the coordination of Pinellas voter registration activities with this right-leaning business very clearly conveys that your office is targeting Republican-leaning voters.”

The Times reported that Jason Latimer, Clark's spokesman, said the office will hold more than 300 voter drives this year but would not comment on McGrath’s allegations.

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