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Rockies to host MLB's All-Star Game amid controversy over Georgia voting law

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MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred on Friday ordered the sport to relocate its 2021 All-Star Game after Georgia instituted the new voting rules, which Republican politicians have endorsed but critics have said aim to suppress voting among Black people and other racial minorities who tend to vote Democratic.

When Major League Baseball chose to move the All-Star Game to Denver, it was a moment of celebration for many Colorado politicos.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp even made the erroneous claim about photo IDs during an appearance on Fox News.

Georgia voters without ID can use the last four digits of their social security number, a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or another government document with their name and address on it, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office.

Major League Baseball announced Friday it was moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta because of the law.

Major League Baseball stripped Atlanta of the game last Friday, eight days after Georgia adopted a law that voting rights advocates say can make it more hard to vote and could disproportionately impact Black and other minority communities.

Kemp also criticized the president for appearing at the NCAA championship game in IN, given Biden's comments, because in was "the birthplace for the photo ID requirement". "All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification". The options include common identification cards like a driver's license, US passport or government employee ID - but Colorado also accepts Medicare and Medicaid cards, college IDs, utility bills, bank statements and paychecks.

It should also be noted that Georgia's new voting law is close to 100 pages and deals with far more than voter-ID requirements.

Among the most controversial changes made by Georgia's new election law is to require voter ID for absentee ballots - a requirement that doesn't exist in Colorado, which uses signature verification to validate mail-in ballots.

Colorado voters are also less likely to need sustenance while waiting to vote, since they rarely encounter lines.

Baseball's 91st Midsummer Classic is scheduled on Tuesday, July 13, at the Colorado Rockies' Coors Field.

Coors Field is expected to be announced as the site of this year's All-Star game, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly.

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