White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the key context in Major League Baseball’s (MLB) decision to move from Georgia to Colorado was that Peach’s state legislation was “built on a lie.”
Peter Doocy of Fox News asked Psaki to intervene on Tuesday, noting that the two states had similarities in their electoral law.
The press secretary rebutted that their election law was similar, noting that Colorado mails absentee ballot requests to everyone who is eligible to vote and 94% of the state voted by mail in the 2020 election. that the state allows a “variety of materials” to be provided as identification to vote in person.
“But it is important to remember the context here, Georgia’s electoral bill was based on a lie. There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 elections,” continued Psaki. “Georgia’s top Republican election officials have repeatedly acknowledged this. What there was, however, was record turnout, especially from voters of color.
“What we are seeing here is that politicians who did not like the result are not changing their policies to win more votes, they are changing the rules to exclude more voters,” said the press secretary.
He added that it was ultimately up to MLB to decide where to play its game.
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The Associated Press reported Tuesday that MLB will move the game to Denver’s Coors Field after removing it from Atlanta due to Georgia voting laws. 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.”
It turns out that Colorado also requires voters to show identification when voting in person, and the state says first-time mail-in 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.
VOTING LAWS IN COLORADO SIMILAR TO GEORGIA
Colorado also automatically sends absentee ballots to all registered voters, while Georgia only sends to those who request them, a measure 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 1 per 100,000 voters or 1 per early voting site, the number whichever is less.
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.
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“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.”