Coors Field to host 2021 MLB All-Star Game, sources say

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 7, 2021

Greg Abbott on Monday declined an invitation to throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers' home opening game, announcing that Texas will not seek to host the All-Star Game or any other Major League Baseball special events following MLB's decision to remove the All-Star Game out of Atlanta due to criticism of a Georgia election law.

In response, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp blasted the MLB's "knee-jerk decision" as "cancel culture".

Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement at the time that he discussed the potential move with individual major leaguers and the Players Alliance, an organization of Black players formed after the death of George Floyd previous year, before ultimately deciding to make the call "as the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport". "It levels the playing field on voter I.D. requirements as well as streamlining election procedures". "So it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me".

Georgia's Republican-led overhaul, which supporters say expands some voters' access to early voting, has been widely criticized as hampering access to absentee voting and disproportionately affecting minority communities.

She did take time to tweet something in that vein, "Big Business will boycott USA cities and states, but continue to do business with the Chinese Communist Party", but with no mention of the All-Star decision or the corporate boycotts related to it.

Liberal activists are putting pressure on companies to denounce nationwide GOP efforts to tighten state voting laws.

Major League Baseball moved the All-Star game after Biden told ESPN that he would "strongly support" moving the July 13 game because of the law he described as "Jim Crow on steroids".

Both states require voters to show an ID when voting in person, although Georgia requires a proof of identity to verify absentee votes. Colorado Public Radio reported that ballots rejected because of signature discrepancies are most likely to impact young voters or voters from counties with a high number of non-white residents. "Colorado has fewer days of in-person voting than Georgia", he added. According to the Washington Post, roughly 99% of voters in Colorado use those absentee ballots instead of in-person options.

The new law also says every one of Georgia's 159 counties has to have at least one drop box, however it limits how many are in each county. Colorado does allow these "comfort teams" but prohibits them from giving water or snacks if they're wearing apparel associated with a political party, candidate or ballot issue, according to Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. Colorado has a much smaller Black population than Georgia, about 9 percent versus 51 percent.

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