Major League Baseball (MLB) revealed that the 2021 All-Star Game will be moved out of Georgia. This comes in protest of the state’s new voting law. However, it is now reportedly going to Colorado, which is a place that has similar rules, if not stricter.
On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that MLB will move the said game to Denver’s Coors Field. In response to this move, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp addressed the situation, saying that the decision baffled him.
Kemp noted that Georgia has 17 days allotted for in-person early voting. This includes two optional Sundays. Meanwhile, he said that Colorado has 15, but they also require voters to have a photo ID. To Kemp, this doesn’t make a lot of sense.
The Georgia governor says he's confused over the fact that President Joe Biden attended the game for the NCAA championships in Indiana. There, the president even praised the state.
The decision of the MLB to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia came after the president urged them to do so. To this, Kemp described it as hypocritical.
Colorado requires the people who would want to vote to show identification with a photo when they want to cast their ballot in person. Additionally, the state said that those mailing in their ballots for the first time will have to include an ID copy with the ballot.
These voting rules don’t stray too far from the ones in Georgia. In the state, they ask for IDs for in-person and absentee voting. However, the state also requires proof of identity for all absentee voters. As per the office of Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, voters who do not have an may use the last four digits of their social security number. They can also use utility bills, bank statements, paychecks or other government documents with their name and address indicated.
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