Former MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent got here out firing photographs at Rob Manfred after he made the choice to maneuver the All-Star Game out of Atlanta after Georgia made modifications to its voting legal guidelines.
Vincent, who wrote an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, stated Manfred decided “without first protesting the substance of the law.” He added that Manfred made a “serious mistake”, and the All-Star Game solely advantages town the place the sport is performed, which suggests folks working the sport and native companies round Atlanta’s ballpark will now endure through the mid-summer exhibition.
“The players will get paid no matter where the game takes place,” Vincent wrote. “MLB will get the same television revenue. The only people hurt by Mr. Manfred’s decision will be Atlanta’s stadium workers and local vendors… Mr. Manfred failed to spell out specific criticisms of Georgia’s voting law. Now he’s put himself in the awkward position of having to defend Colorado’s voting laws.”
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Major League Baseball will relocate the sport to Coors Field in Colorado. In response, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp addressed the scenario, evaluating the 2 states’ procedures, saying he’s baffled by the choice.
“Georgia has 17 days of in-person early voting including two optional Sundays, Colorado has 15,” the Republican governor stated. “So what I’m being told, they also have a photo ID requirement. So it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.”
Colorado requires voters to point out identification when voting in particular person, and the state says that first-time mail-in voters could also be required to incorporate a duplicate of their identification with their poll.
Georgia requires identification for in-person and all absentee voting. According to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s workplace, voters with out ID can use the final 4 digits of their social safety quantity, a utility invoice, financial institution assertion, authorities test, paycheck or one other authorities doc with their title and deal with on it.
Colorado depends on signature matching for absentee ballots aside from these from first-time mail-in voters, which is what Georgia did within the 2020 election.
Colorado additionally robotically sends absentee ballots to all registered voters, whereas Georgia solely sends them to those that request them, a measure meant to forestall sending ballots to the unsuitable deal with or to these now not eligible to vote.
The Georgia legislation extends the variety of early voting weekend days and standardizes hours from at the very least 9 a.m. to five p.m. It additionally limits the variety of poll drop packing containers to at least one per 100,000 voters or one per early voting web site, whichever quantity is smaller.
Drop packing containers in Georgia should be positioned in a county election workplace or early-voting precinct location, so that they’re solely accessible throughout enterprise hours to be monitored.
Last week, earlier than the MLB stated it will exit in response to the state’s voting legislation, Biden stated he would “strongly support” baseball gamers pushing to maneuver the sport.
“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them doing that,” Biden advised ESPN final week. “People look to them. They’re leaders. The very people who are victimized the most are the leaders in these various sports.”
Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.