OMAHA, Nebraska (WOWT) – A day after Major League Baseball took an economic hit on the city of Atlanta, citing the state’s new election law, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts tweeted in support of fellow Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, stating Saturday that Nebraska stands in solidarity with Georgia.
Ricketts tweeted Saturday that recent corporate attacks on Georgia legislation “are promoting Democratic disinformation,” while Kemp, who signed his state’s electoral reform bill on March 25, “is expanding voting options. in Georgia “, through a voting law, President Biden. called “Jim Crow in the 21st century”.
Ricketts made the comment on social media on Saturday. Disagreement between some organizations and corporations led Major League Baseball to withdraw the July 13 All-Star Game from Atlanta over state election updates, the first economic backlash since Kent signed the controversial ballot bill.
Precious McKesson, who made history in December when she cast Nebraska’s “blue dot” electoral vote for Democrat Joe Biden, responded to the tweet saying that not all Nebraskans feel the same about Georgia’s law, but that the Posts have been removed from view. .
Controversy surrounding Georgia’s new election law first spread to US businesses when Delta Air Lines and The Coca-Cola Co., two of the state’s best-known brands, called the new law “unacceptable.” although they participated in its writing. Similar dissensions also emerged in Texas as Fort Worth-based American Airlines spoke out against pending voting restrictive measures in the state that have a favorable path to reach the desk of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in the coming weeks. .
Pressure continues to mount on leading companies in Arizona and other states as well: A joint statement by executives from nearly 200 companies, including HP, Microsoft, PayPal, Target, Twitter, Uber and Under Armor, pointed to state legislation “threatening with making voting more difficult ”and said that“ elections do not improve ”when legislators impose new barriers to voting.
Georgia law requires a photo ID to vote absentee by mail. It also shortens the time voters have to request an absentee ballot and limits where the ballot boxes can be placed and when they can be used.
Republican supporters say the law is necessary to restore confidence in Georgia’s elections after former President Trump made unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud there – actions that are now under grand jury scrutiny. Democrats are calling it a takeover after big Democratic victories in recent months and say it will restrict access to the vote, especially for voters of color.
The protest for the bill was immediate. Georgia State Police arrested State Representative Park Cannon, a Democrat from Atlanta, after she said she wanted Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to sign the law.
Biden also spoke out against the Georgia law earlier that day, urging Congress to pass national voting standards that would include automatic voter registration across the country, allowing ex-offenders to vote, a concession that Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law in Iowa through an executive order last year, and limiting the ways states can remove registered voters from the rolls.
“This is Jim Crow in the 21st century,” Biden said in a statement. “Must end. We have a moral and constitutional obligation to act ”.
Associated Press contributed to this report.
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