Senate leader Chuck Schumer has invited Major League Baseball to play the 2021 All-Star Game in New York instead of Atlanta after controversy over a new voting bill in Georgia – but critics say the Empire State’s voting laws are more restrictive than Georgia. .
“Racist voter suppression laws are now harming Georgia’s voters and economy. Republicans in Georgia should be ashamed, ” Schumer, a New York Democrat, tweeted Saturday after MLB announced it would be pulling the game out of Atlanta.
“We welcome @MLB to play the All-Star Game in New York, where we are working to make it easier, not harder, to vote,” he added.
However, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has accused New York of more restrictive voting laws than his own state, saying bluntly, “It’s easier to vote in Georgia than New York.”
Senate leader Chuck Schumer has invited Major League Baseball to play the 2021 All-Star Game in New York instead of Atlanta after controversy over a new Georgia voting bill
MLB said Friday it would bring the All-Star game out of Atlanta over the new law. The photo shows players on opening day at Yankee Stadium in New York this week
“In New York, they vote 10 days early. In Georgia, we have a minimum of 17, with two additional Sundays optional for all counties in our state, ”Kemp said at a news conference on Saturday.
‘In New York you have to have an excuse to vote in your absence. In Georgia, you can vote in absence for any reason, and you can do it safely, ‘he added.
Georgia’s new voting laws have been harshly criticized by opponents who say they will limit the ability of non-white voters to cast their votes.
A key provision of the new law requires voters to include a state ID number on their ballot in case of absence, which will limit voting fraud, according to defenders of the law.
Three other states – Kansas, Minnesota and Ohio – require some form of ID for absentee ballot papers. Many states require a driver’s license or other form of identification to register to vote or to vote in person.
The new Georgian law also prohibits political groups from handing out food or water to voters waiting in the polls, a provision that President Joe Biden described as cruel and compared to “Jim Crow on steroids.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has accused New York of having more restrictive voting laws than its own state, saying bluntly, ‘It’s easier to vote in Georgia than New York’
Main differences in voting rights between Georgia and New York
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has claimed that the state’s new voting laws are less restrictive than in New York. Here’s how the two states compare on key points:
New law in Georgia:
- Bans political groups from handing out food or water to voters standing in line at the polls
- Vote at least 17 days in advance
- Ballots in case of absence for any reason
- State ID number required on absentee ballot
Existing New York Law:
- Prohibits any distribution of food or water at the polls unless it is valued at less than $ 1 and those handing it out do not identify their affiliation
- Up to 10 days early voting
- Apology required for the absent vote
- Signature required on ballot paper in case of absence
But New York has a very similar law on the books that strictly prohibits groups from providing “meat, drink, tobacco, refreshment, or provision to or for any person” standing in line to vote.
The only exception to New York law is food or water worth less than $ 1, and only if the group dispensing the provisions does not identify their relationship in any way.
Georgian law allows polling stations to provide ‘self-service’ water stations, although this is not required.
Kemp, a Republican, said on Saturday that MLB “succumbed to fear and lies of liberal activists” when it tore the July 13 game out of Truist Park in Atlanta.
He added that the decision will harm working people in the state and have long-term implications for the economy.
The match took place on July 13 at Truist Park, Braves’ 41,000-seat stadium in the suburbs of Cobb County. It would have been the third time Atlanta has hosted, having previously held it in 1972 and 2000. Several companies, such as Delta Airlines, have criticized the law.
‘I want to be clear: I will not withdraw from this fight. We will not be intimidated, nor will we be silenced, ”Kemp said.
“Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola and Delta may fear Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden and the left, but I am not,” he said, referring to companies also criticizing the new law.
Three groups have already filed lawsuits over the new law, which gives more legislative control over how elections are held and includes strict identification requirements for postal absenteeism voting.
Republicans in Georgia say the changes were necessary to maintain voter confidence in the electoral system, and the governor insists opponents have misinterpreted what the law does.