Supporters of the law say it restores integrity to the election system. But critics have said that it places unnecessary barriers between people of color and the ballot box.
Since Gov. Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 202 on March 25, a number voices throughout the country have called on the MLB to relocate the All-Star Game, which hadn’t been played in metro Atlanta for 21 years.
President Joe Biden last week called the law “Jim Crow on steroids” in an interview with ESPN on the eve of MLB’s opening day. Biden also said he would strongly support moving the game.
Cobb County officials, meanwhile, appealed to MLB’s Players Association to keep the event here because of the millions in revenue it was projected to bring local businesses.
Two Atlanta-based corporations, Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines, were threatened with boycotts for not strongly condemning the new voting rules as the legislature considered them. Then, late last week, both companies issued public statements slamming the legislation
MLB announced it was moving the game the next day. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said the league supports voting rights for all Americans and that relocating the All-Star game was the best way to demonstrate those values.
Kemp accused baseball officials of caving to fear and liberal lies.
“Georgians - and all Americans - should fully understand what MLB’s knee-jerk decision means: cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included,” Kemp said.