DealBook: Business Leaders Speak Out on Election Integrity

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Good morning. (Was this email forwarded to you? Sign up here.)These days, nothing goes without sayingTech, finance, media and other executives are calling on Americans to stay cool during a heated election season. “The health of our economy and markets depends on the strength of our democracy,” the LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman said in a statement signed by more than 50 business leaders, provided first to DealBook. The group, convened by the Leadership Now Project, also includes Eddie Fishman, the chief operating officer of D.E. Shaw; Seth Klarman, the C.E.O. of Baupost Group; Lisa Lewin, the C.E.O. of General Assembly; Marissa Mayer, the former Yahoo and Google executive; and Alan Patricof, the founder of Apax and Greycroft.The executives expressed support for three key principles: • “Every vote will be counted,” and election officials should “encourage patience” during potentially protracted counts of absentee ballot.• The news media should “take caution” and avoid calling the election prematurely.• Business leaders should “promote patience and civility among employees, communities and the American people.”“America has successfully held elections through previous challenges, like the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the 1918 flu pandemic,” the statement concludes. “Now, it …

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