The Republican governor informed the Rangers via a letter, citing Major League Baseball's decision to move the MLB All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia's sweeping new voting laws, which include new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run. The governor said he was looking forward to the opportunity until MLB chose to move the All-Star Game and MLB Draft out of Georgia following the state's newly passed voting restrictions. "It would be good for baseball and good for Colorado".
A voter ID requirement for absentee ballots is one of the new provisions mandated by Georgia's legislation, SB202, which Kemp signed into law on March 25. Those preparations, Manfred said, helped land the game in Denver.
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently denounced the MLB move as a figment of "cancel culture", saying the league was swayed by activists.
"This attack on our state is the direct result of repeated lies from Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams about a bill that expands access to the ballot box and ensures the integrity of our elections".
Both states require voters to show an ID when voting in person, although Georgia requires a proof of identity to verify absentee votes. "It levels the playing field on voter I.D. requirements as well as streamlining election procedures". It's - there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
Greg Abbott decided not to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Texas Rangers' home opener Monday as scheduled.
"It is shameful that America's pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political politics, but also perpetuating false political narratives", Abbott wrote.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement at the time that he discussed the potential move with individual major leaguers and the Players Alliance, an organization of Black players formed after the death of George Floyd a year ago, before ultimately deciding to make the call "as the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport".
In response to the Major League Baseball move, the Braves said, "This was neither our decision, nor our recommendation and we are saddened that fans will not be able to see this event in our city".
"I'm trying to articulate clearly what he said", said Psaki, who added that the White House is not asking corporations to take action and that the White House view is that voting should be made easier, not harder. The league will also move ahead with plans to invest in communities in Atlanta, the commissioner said.
The 2022 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, which had been poised to host the game a year ago before the COVID-19 pandemic derailed those plans.