Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game from Georgia, in retaliation over new voting laws, to Colorado where voting laws are similar, if not stricter, than those in Georgia.
In light of alleged voter suppression, commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that the decision was “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.” The bill in question was passed by Republican Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp last week in an effort to improve election integrity following the controversial 2020 presidential and run-off elections. The MLB, along with political figures including former President Barack Obama, opposes the legislation, claiming that it contributes to voter suppression. Now, the game is to be held in Denver, Colorado on July 13th, 2021. However, the state of Colorado has similar “strict” voting laws in place.
“All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification,” the Colorado Secretary of State’s website says. “If you are voting by mail for the first time, you may also need to provide a photocopy of your identification when you return your mail ballot.” Georgia’s new voting laws require citizens to provide proof of identification with an ID, utility bill, or bank statement, in order to vote in person or through an absentee ballot. Similar to current Colorado voting laws is a new measure to prevent campaign operatives from providing incentives such as food and water to voters waiting in line.
Furthermore, Colorado requires polling stations to be open for 15 days prior to elections, as per Ballotpedia. The Players Alliance, representing more than 100 current and former MLB athletes, issued a statement in support of the decision, saying: “We want to make our voice heard loud and clear in our opposition of the recent Georgia legislation that not only disproportionately disenfranchises the Black community, but also paves the way for other states to pass similarly harmful laws based largely on widespread falsehoods and disinformation.”
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