The MLB is moving its All-Star game from Truist Park in Cobb County, Georgia, to Coors Field in Denver.
The move comes after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a new voting bill focused on election integrity. Many on the left slammed the bill as “voter suppression” and “Jim Crow-esque” – a narrative that was pushed by the mainstream media.
But Colorado has very similar voting laws to Georgia. In fact, some are even more restrictive. Georgia requires identification to vote in person or by absentee ballot, but Colorado also requires a form of ID to vote in-person or by mail.
Another issue that many Democrats have with the new Georgia law is that it prohibits volunteers from handing out food, drinks, or any other items that could be considered a gift within 150-feet of a polling location. This is an attempt by law-makers in Georgia to crack down on “line warming” which has been a serious legal issue for them in past elections.
Under Colorado’s election law, “Campaign workers are allowed outside of polling places to offer water, snacks, and other items to voters who are waiting to vote. These ‘comfort teams,’ however, may NOT campaign or wear any apparel or accessories bearing the name or image of a candidate, political party, or ballot measure if they operate within 100 feet of the polling place.”
As the Daily Caller reported, Georgia actually fares better than Colorado when it comes to early voting. In Colorado, “early polling stations are required to open 15 days before Election Day, according to Ballotpedia. Meanwhile, Georgia has three weeks of early voting and expands the hours during which polls can be open… Georgia also added a mandatory Saturday voting day.”
Many on the left claim that the new Georgia law is an attempt by Republicans to suppress the black vote. This focus on minority voters highlights another strange element about the MLB’s decision to move the All-Star game to Denver.
Cobb County, the former location of the MLB game, is in the Atlanta metro area which is 51% black. Denver, Colorado has only a 9% black population. This means that black-owned businesses, which account for nearly 30% of Atlanta’s economy, are likely to take a major hit from the decision – a decision that President Joe Biden strongly supported.
The contradictions behind the MLB’s decision to move the All-Star game to Denver make it seem as though it was not rooted in facts or logic, but rather an attempt to meaninglessly virtue-signal to the woke left. An attempt that will end up hurting the very people Democrats claim to advocate loudest for: black Americans.
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Author: Ella Carroll-Smith