Atlanta stripped off MLB All-Star Game over Georgia voting law
Apr 04 2021
We will continue to stand up for secure, accessible, fair elections.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has claimed that the state's new voting laws are less restrictive than in NY.
"I think today's professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly". "I fully support that because that can't be". Look what's happened across the board.
"People are going to say, 'Stick to sports".
Manfred said the league still plans to celebrate Hank Aaron, an Alabama native who played for the Atlanta Braves and is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
The Midsummer Classic MLB All-Star Game was scheduled for July 13 at Truist Park, but will now be moved to an out of state venue. The MLB claims it moved the location of the game due to perceived voting "restrictions" contained in SB 202.
"I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year's All-Star Game and Major League Baseball draft", Manfred said.
"Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box", Manfred said. The prohibition extends 150 feet from a polling place and 25 feet from any person standing in line. In reality, the election bill provision allows voters to bring food or beverage in line, and even order food if desired. When you look at New York's voting laws, you have to have an excuse to vote absentee by mail in NY. Delaware, Biden's home state, also prohibits gifts and rewards in presidential primary elections.
Absentee ballots will be sent to voters only 29 days before an election, down from the previous 49 days.
While President Biden and other prominent Democrats like former state representative Stacy Abrams have criticized the law as an attempt to make voting more hard in Georgia, Republicans argue that's a deliberate mischaracterization of what the law actually does.
Kemp criticized the Major League Baseball for its sudden decision, citing "cancel culture" in an interview with The Hill.
Francona said he, like others, know that matters such as the one in Georgia can be confusing, especially with conflicting perceptions about how the new elections law impacts voters.
Fans, meanwhile, appeared divided on the MLB's decision. "If the left doesn't agree with you, facts and the truth do not matter".
Kemp criticized the Major League Baseball for not taking action on voting access in its home state of NY and said its decision means "cancel culture" is coming for American businesses and jobs. "Georgians will not be bullied".
Georgia played a pivotal role in the recent USA elections, with Democrats eventually winning two key Senate seats to ensure control of Congress. "And we will continue to speak truth despite extortion and intimidation".
Manfred said the league "engaged in thoughtful conversations" with clubs, former and current players and the players' union to consider their views before making the decision. As alluded to by Trump, "woke companies" have denounced the Georgia bill as they face increasing pressure to virtue-signal.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian labeled the law "unacceptable", while Coca-Cola chief executive James Quincey called the legislation a "step backward".
In his message, Lee retweeted a post by U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., who was vowing to take similar action in the U.S. House.
Abrams also released a statement about the loss of the All-Star Game. "Why are we still listening to these woke corporate hypocrites on taxes, regulations & anti-trust?" I'm a little heartened by that there was that level of communication.
Two hours prior to releasing a statement on the MLB's decision, Trump said "there was massive fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election" and wished Americans a Happy Easter.