A dispute over voting laws in Georgia and Colorado reached the White House meeting room Tuesday after Major League Baseball announced a new location for the All-Star Game.
Press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the decision to move the Midsummer Classic from Atlanta to Denver as a protest against new voting laws in Georgia that will make it difficult for many to vote.
“Is the White House concerned that Major League Baseball is moving its All-Star Game to Colorado, where voting regulations are very similar to Georgia’s?” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked.
“Well, let me refute the first point you made,” Psaki said, before noting that Colorado allows registration on Election Day and offers vote-by-mail to all eligible residents.
“I think it’s important to remember the context here,” added Psaki. “Georgia’s law is based on a lie. There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 elections; Georgia’s top Republican election officials have repeatedly acknowledged it in interviews. And ultimately, let me add one more thing: it’s up to the Major Leagues to determine where they hold their All-Star Game. “
Since MLB announced that it would move its All-Star Game to Denver in response to a set of new voting laws in Georgia passed by Republicans following losses in the presidential election and two races for the US Senate, the Conservatives they have argued that Colorado already has voting laws. in books that are similar to Peach State.
Voting rights groups say the new restrictions in Georgia will disproportionately affect the black community, helping fuel the recent electoral success of the Democrats in the state. Georgia, which Joe Biden narrowly won in November, was one of the focal points of former President Donald Trump’s baseless accusation that the presidential election had been stolen.
Trump congratulated Georgians on their new laws in a statement, saying: “They learned from the parody of the 2020 presidential election, which can never be allowed to happen again. Too bad these changes could not have been made earlier. “
After MLB announced that Denver would host the All-Star Game, Sen. Tim Scott, RS.C., tweeted: “Georgia: Voter ID, 17 Days Early Voting. Colorado: Voter ID, 15 days early voting. Atlanta is 51% black. Denver is 9.2% black. Is @MLB pulling the #MLBAllStarGame out of ATL, which has more voting rights per day than CO? Wokes are at it again, folks. “
The limited early voting period in Colorado is not meaningful in practice because most of the state (94 percent in 2020) votes by mail or by mailbox. The state requires identification when you register to vote for the first time and for those who vote in person. But Colorado allows voters to use more than a dozen types of identification, such as student IDs or Medicare and Medicaid cards. If they don’t have identification, they can cast a provisional ballot and officials can later verify their identity.
In contrast, Georgia law requires photo identification to vote in person, and also some form of identification to cast a ballot by mail.
Vote-by-mail systems also differ widely in the two states: In Colorado, every eligible voter receives a ballot by mail, compared to Georgia, where a voter must request it, and there are many more mailbox locations in Colorado than in Georgia. .
Under the new Peach State laws, a voter must provide a driver’s license number, a copy of a state identification card, or a Social Security number each time they vote by mail. Colorado does not require identification to vote by mail after initial registration. States also differ on voter registration, which is offered the same day in Colorado, but is subject to an early October deadline in Georgia.
Colorado’s system has resulted in high turnout (second-best among all states in the 2020 elections), and the Centennial State is hailed as one of the safest states to vote. While Colorado has had a blue trend in recent years, former Republican Senator Cory Gardner won in 2014, shortly after the new mailing laws were implemented.
In addition to limiting windows for voting by mail, increasing voter identification restrictions, and limiting the location of mailboxes, the Georgia Election Integrity Act of 2021, enacted by Republican Governor Brian Kemp on March 25, also provides state officials to take over county boards of elections and criminalize the distribution of food and beverages in the voting lines.
Last week, MLB announced that it was pulling this summer’s All-Star Game from the Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park, which is located out of town in suburban Cobb County. The league has faced pushback from Republican politicians, fueled by boycotts and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declining to make the first pitch on the Texas Rangers’ first pitch at home.
However, there has been some high-level Republican opposition to parts of the Georgia bill.
“There were some things that I didn’t like about the law early in the process and I spoke up very loudly about it,” Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan told Yahoo News last month. “I think an important part of this is about continuing to live around the mantra of making voting in Georgia easier to vote and harder to cheat.
“I didn’t think it made sense for us to reverse the absentee vote without excuses,” Duncan said. “I felt that the first versions of the bill also limited Sunday voting. I didn’t think it was a good position to take.
“I [also] I didn’t think it necessarily made sense [to not allow] water and food in a row ”, he added. “I think there were better ways to do it.”
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