MLB All-Star Game moves to Colorado despite stricter voting laws

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Ain’t that a peach!

Critics are scratching their heads over Major League Baseball’s decision to yank its All-Star Game from Georgia and move it to Colorado — where voting laws are actually more restrictive than those in the Peach State which prompted the boycott.

The mountainous state requires voters to provide identification for in-person and first-time absentee voting.

“All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification,” the Colorado Secretary of State’s website says. “If you are voting by mail for the first time, you may also need to provide a photocopy of your identification when you return your mail ballot.”

Under Georgia’s newly passed voting bill, ID — or another proof of identity, like a utility bill or bank statement — is required for in-person voting, as well as for all absentee voting.

Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia
MLB pulled the game from Georgia over the state’s new voting law.
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And similar to the measure now in place in Georgia, campaign operatives in Colorado are banned from offering snacks and water to voters who are in line.

Colorado is also more restrictive when it comes to early voting — polling stations must open 15 days before the election through Election Day, excluding Sundays, according to Ballotpedia.

Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp
Gov. Brian Kemp says MLB’s decision “doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”
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But the new law expanded early voting in Georgia by adding a second mandatory Saturday and giving counties the option of opening two Sundays — as well as allowing them to extend early voting hours beyond standard business hours.

Colorado requires voters to provide identification for in-person and first-time absentee voting.
Colorado requires voters to provide identification for in-person and first-time absentee voting.
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was baffled over MLB’s pick of Colorado after rebuffing his own state in protest of its new voting laws.

“Georgia has 17 days of in-person early voting including two optional Sundays, Colorado has 15,” the Republican governor told Fox News. “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.”

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