Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent came out shooting Rob Manfred after he made the decision to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta after Georgia made changes to its voting laws.
Vincent, who wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal, said Manfred made a decision “without first protesting the essence of the law.” He added that Manfred made a “serious mistake” and that the All-Star Game only benefits the city where it is played, which means that the people who work in the game and local businesses around the Atlanta stadium will now suffer during the exhibition of mid summer.
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“Players will get paid no matter where the game takes place,” wrote Vincent. “MLB will get the same television revenue. The only people harmed by Manfred’s decision will be Atlanta stadium workers and local vendors … Manfred did not express specific criticism of Georgia’s voting law. He has now placed himself in the awkward position of having to uphold Colorado’s voting laws. “
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Major League Baseball will move the game to Coors Field in Colorado. In response, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp addressed the situation by comparing the two states’ procedures and said he is puzzled by the decision.
“Georgia has 17 days of early voting in person, including two optional Sundays, Colorado has 15,” said the Republican governor. “So what they tell me, they also have a photo ID requirement. So it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.”
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Colorado requires voters to show identification when voting in person, and the state says first-time mailing voters may be required to include a copy of their identification with their ballot.
Georgia requires identification to vote in person and absentee. According to the office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, voters without identification can use the last four digits of their social security number, a utility bill, a bank statement, a government check, a paycheck or Another government document with your name and address.
Colorado relies on signature matching for absentee ballots other than first-time mail-in ballots, which is what Georgia did in the 2020 election.
Colorado also automatically sends absentee ballots to all registered voters, while Georgia only sends them to those who request them, a move aimed at preventing ballots from being sent to the wrong address or to those who are no longer eligible to vote.
Georgia law extends the number of early voting weekend days and standardizes the hours from at least 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It also limits the number of polls to one for every 100,000 voters or one per early voting location, the number whichever is less.
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Drop boxes in Georgia must be located at a county elections office or early voting precinct, so they are only available during business hours for monitoring.
Last week, before MLB said it would come out in response to the state’s voting law, Biden said it would “strongly support” baseball players pushing to move the game.
“I think professional athletes today are acting incredibly responsible. I would strongly support them in doing that,” Biden told ESPN last week. “People look at them. They are leaders. The very people who are the most victimized are the leaders in these various sports.”
Morgan Phillips of Fox News contributed to this report.