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New York (CNN Business)Chief executives and other high-ranking leaders from more than 100 companies including Target, Snapchat and Uber issued a public statement Friday opposing any measures that deny eligible voters the right to cast ballots.

"We believe every American should have a voice in our democracy and that voting should be safe and accessible to all voters," the statement said.
The companies are part of Civic Alliance, a coalition that "recognizes that a strong democracy is good for business," according to its website.The statement comes as businesses are under growing pressure to condemn legislation in Georgia, Texas, and other key states where Republican lawmakers are trying to clamp down on ballot access.
    The Civic Alliance letter said its member companies "stand in solidarity with voters" and that Americans "must have equal freedom to vote and elections must reflect the will of voters."
      The letter also blasted elected officials for passing or considering voting restrictions. "Our elections are not improved when lawmakers impose barriers that result in longer lines at the polls or that reduce access to secure ballot dropboxes," the statement said.Read MoreThe Georgia bill signed into a law last week restricts the use of ballot dropboxes in parts of the state more heavily populated by Black Americans and makes it a crime to give food or water to voters standing in line at polls. In Texas, lawmakers advanced a far-reaching elections bill early Thursday with several provisions placing new restrictions on the voting process, particularly for those living in densely populated counties."We call on elected leaders in every state capitol and in Congress to work across the aisle and ensure that every eligible American has the freedom to easily cast their ballot and participate fully in our democracy," the letter said.Additional signatories include Major League Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred Jr., PayPal (PYPL) CEO Dan Schulman, and Reddit cofounder and CEO Steve Huffman.
        The letter also endorses a similar call from Black business executives challenging their fellow corporate leaders to be more forceful in condemning what they describe as deliberate attempts by Republicans to limit the number of Black Americans casting ballots in key states.Republicans who support these laws say they are needed to prevent fraud and stop illegal voting, playing on discredited claims of widespread fraud in last year's presidential election. Opponents say the legislation amounts to voter suppression efforts that will reduce minority voting.

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        Lil Nas X is star walkin’ in a skirt.

        The “Old Town Road” rapper, 23, has never been afraid of experimenting with his personal style, having rocked golden armor, a towering feathered headdress, a bustled skirt and more gender-fluid looks on the red carpet.

        “Style is a form of self-expression,” Lil Nas told People in a new interview.

        “It’s a way to show people who you are, or at least how you want them to perceive you. I feel like to get further in life, you have to shed skins and do things that you normally wouldn’t.”

        But the “Montero” rapper admitted he originally had some qualms about performing in a skirt during a recent tour stop in his hometown of Atlanta.

        The “Old Town Road” rapper often performs in bold costumes. Getty Images for iHeartRadio

        “I was really nervous about going out on stage in front of my family and everybody in my cute, little Coach skirt,” the superstar said. “But as soon as I walked out, I felt like I was setting my younger self free.”

        Continued Lil Nas X, “Afterwards, my family — a lot of whom used to believe in everything opposite to what’s up on that stage — told me they were really proud. I feel like I’m changing some minds.”

        The rapper is Coach’s newest global ambassador, and stars in the house’s “Courage to Be Real” campaign.

        His Atlanta concert was eventful in more ways than one: Lil Nas X also delayed the show to use the bathroom, telling concertgoers, “I’m backstage, and this is, like, not a part of the show, but I’m taking a mean s—t, so please forgive me,” clarifying he needed just “a minute or two” of toilet time.

        The rapper isn’t afraid to make a statement onstage. Getty Images for iHeartRadio

        During the tour, he also dealt with homophobic protesters who stationed themselves outside his Boston show — by sending them pizza.

        “One of the protestors was actually really cute, and I called him out on Twitter, but I haven’t heard from him. He’s either laughing or having a really hard time in the group chat right now!” the Grammy winner told People.

        Lil Nas X has sported a slew of skirts onstage, experimenting with silver, hot pink and blue pleated numbers.

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        Lil Nas X has sported a slew of skirts onstage, experimenting with silver, hot pink and blue pleated numbers.

        Getty Images for iHeartRadio

        Lil Nas X has sported a slew of skirts onstage, experimenting with silver, hot pink and blue pleated numbers.

        Getty Images for iHeartRadio

        Lil Nas X has sported a slew of skirts onstage, experimenting with silver, hot pink and blue pleated numbers.

        Getty Images for iHeartRadio

        Lil Nas X has sported a slew of skirts onstage, experimenting with silver, hot pink and blue pleated numbers.

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        The “Industry Baby” hitmaker also revealed that music has made him “much more confident” and “less afraid to step out of [his] comfort zone.”

        Lil Nas isn’t the only performer to sport a skirt onstage recently: In August, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way delighted fans when he rocked out in a cheerleader uniform.

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