MLB receives intense backlash for moving All-Star game from Atlanta to Denver
Major League Baseball is getting some intense backlash after their decision to move the All-Star game from Atlanta to Denver.
The MLB made the move after Georgia passed an election reform law that was aimed at safeguarding election integrity.
However, Democrats and corporations claim that the new law is way to suppress voters in the minority communities by restricting access and requiring identification to vote.
President Joe Biden backed the MLB’s move by repeating the claims of voter suppression, which earned him 4 Pinocchio’s from the left leaning publication the Washington Post.
Critics are now targeting the MLB for moving the game to a state that has more voting restrictions than Georgia.
According to the Secretary of State, Colorado requires a state issued ID when voting in person or by mail and when returning a ballot by mail.
The new Georgia voting law, on the other hand, will accept an ID — or a utility bill or bank statement as valid forms of ID.
In both states campaign operatives cannot offer snacks or water to voters who are in line – however in Georgia election workers can.
According to Ballotpedia, Colorado is also more restrictive when it comes to early voting.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, said,
“Georgia has 17 days of in-person early voting including two optional Sundays, [and two mandated Saturdays] – Colorado has 15 -[excluding Sundays]….. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.”
Cobb County in Georgia is expecting to lose $100 million dollars in lost tourism revenue because of the move – impacting mostly minority owned businesses – with many critics saying Major League Baseball hurt the minority community more than they helped.
According to the U.S. Census, Atlanta’s population is 51% black, and 41% Caucasian, while Denver County’s population is 80% Caucasian, and 9.8% Black.