By Zoe Christen Jones, Grace Segers

Updated on: 3 April 2021 / 01:02 p.m.
/ CBS News

Major League Baseball is rescheduling the 2021 All-Star Game and 2021 Draft from Atlanta in response to Georgia’s controversial new electoral law, the league said on Friday

“I’ve decided that the best way to demonstrate our values ​​as a sport is to relocate this year’s All-Star Game and MLB draft,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement to Major League Baseball Fundamentally supports the voting rights of all Americans and rejects restrictions on the ballot box “

Discussions about relocating the game surfaced after Georgia recently passed a tough new electoral law that critics say is designed to disenfranchise color voters. Photo ID is required to vote by postal vote, which is greater than 1.3 million Georgian voters did this during the coronavirus pandemic

The new law limited the locations of dropboxes and the time voters must request a postal vote.It also prohibits the giving of food and water to voters within 150 feet of a polling station or within a 25-foot radius a voter standing in line This is a particularly controversial provision, as longer lines are often to be chosen in disproportionately black areas

Manfred made his decision two days after President Biden endorsed moving the game out of Atlanta in an interview with ESPN

“I think today’s professional athletes act incredibly responsibly. I would strongly encourage them to do so. People look to them. They are leaders,” said Mr Biden said the president has called the new Georgia law “Jim Crow On Steroids” “

However, some Georgia Democrats expressed disappointment with the move. The All-Star Game is one of the league’s premier events, and the city of Atlanta is set to lose significant financial gains. Past cities have been up, according to the Baseball Almanac registered to $ 60 million in economic stimulus

“Like many Georgians, I am disappointed that MLB is relocating its all-star game However, I recommend to the players, owners and the league commissioner that they speak up, and I urge others in leadership positions to do the same, “said Stacey Abrams, one of the state’s most prominent Democrats and voting rights activist

Georgia Republicans, Meanwhile, Are Not Backing Up In a press conference on Saturday, Governor Brian Kemp declared “breaking culture” as the root of Manfred’s decision

“Safe, accessible elections are worth the threat. They are worth both the boycotts and the lawsuits. I want to be clear – I’m not going to withdraw from this fight,” said Kemp. “What will they do when the Braves get into that.” Playoffs coming? Are they going to postpone the damn playoff game? Are they going to postpone it to other states with more restrictions than we are? ”

The move has also been criticized by former President Trump, who issued a statement calling on his supporters to “boycott baseball and all bright companies that disrupt free and fair elections” “

The league has yet to announce a new host city, but said the decision was nearing completion with the All-Star game set to be released on Jan. July and will continue to pay tribute to baseball legend Hank Aaron

First published on 2 April 2021 / 3:47 p.m.

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