Major sporting events could be moved out of the state of Georgia if calls from civil rights groups are to be heard.
Calls to move the Masters golf tournament and to move the MLB All-Star game come after the state passed a controversial voting bill on Thursday.
Republican supporters say the new law is needed to restore confidence in the elections in Georgia. Democrats say it will limit voting rights, especially for voters of color.
But the effects on sporting events can be felt immediately if the requirements are met.
The Masters is next month in Augusta Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is scheduled for July in Atlanta. Pictured American League All-Star Jose Berrios of the Minnesota Twins
Tiger Woods is pictured with the Masters Trophy at the Green Jacket Ceremony in Augusta, Georgia in April 2019. There are now calls to move the league or boycott players.
There are calls from the Civil Rights group The National Black Justice Coalition to move two of the biggest national sporting events out of Georgia following sweeping changes to state voting laws.
Participants in the annual All-Star Game, scheduled to be played in Atlanta in July, would be open to discussing a change of venues, the Boston Globe.
“Players are well aware of the Georgia voting law, which imposes voting restrictions that some believe will make it particularly difficult for black voters to get to the ballot box,” Tony Clark told the Globe.
‘Because it relates to the All-Star Game, we have not had a conversation about that with the competition. When the opportunity arises, we look forward to having that conversation. ‘
An op-ed written in it Los Angeles Times also called for the All-Star game to be moved by MLB.
American sports commentator Keith Olbermann tweeted that baseball should lead the #Boycott Georgia movement
Civil rights organizations, including The National Black Justice Coalition, have argued that golfers should refuse to play at the Masters, held annually at the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, unless the law is repealed.
‘The PGA Tour and Masters Tournament have both made commitments to help diversify golf and address racial inequalities in this country – and we expect them to not only speak out against Georgia’s new racist oppression law, but also take action’ , the statement said. .
Activists are also calling on people to boycott Atlanta-based companies such as Delta, Home Depot, and Coca-Cola, although the beverage maker has not yet specifically come against the law.
Savannah Georgia Mayor Van Johnson said he would not buy cola products until the problem was resolved.
Savannah Georgia Mayor Van Johnson said he would not buy cola products until problem was resolved
The Savannah mayor has said he will boycott the Atlanta, Georgia-based company Coca-Cola
The director of films including Ford v Ferrari, Walk The Line, Logan, director James Mangold tweeted Thursday, ‘I’m not going to direct a movie in Georgia.’
The director said he will hold off on making future films in the state of Georgia
Scott Dworkin, the co-founder and principal investigator of the Democratic Coalition, has also expressed support for a boycott of Georgia
The director of films including Walk The Line, Ford v Ferrari and Logan director James Mangold tweeted Thursday, “I’m not going to direct a movie in Georgia.”
He later clarified his comments narrating The WrapGeorgia has used cash to steal movie jobs from other states where people can vote. I don’t want to play there. I’m not telling anyone else what to do. I just can’t work there until this changes. ‘
Georgia uses cash to steal movie jobs from other states where people can vote. I don’t want to play there, ”Mangold said.
‘I’m not telling anyone else what to do. I just can’t work there until this changes. ‘
The new law, signed on Thursday by Republican Governor Brian Kemp, makes sweeping changes to Georgia’s electoral law, including a number of provisions requiring a driver’s license or ID.
There are also new restrictions on ballot boxes and even a rule that it would be illegal to give food or drink to people waiting in line to vote in a practice described as ‘line heating’.
Activists are also calling on people to boycott Atlanta-based companies such as Delta, Home Depot and Coca-Cola
The drinks maker has not yet specifically argued against the new voting laws
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter, Bernice King, has said a boycott of Georgia businesses would not have the right impact and those with lower incomes will be hurt the most
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter, Bernice King, has said a boycott of Georgia businesses would not have the right impact, and those with lower incomes will be hurt the most.
“That would hurt middle class workers and those struggling with poverty,” King tweeted. “It would add to the damage of both racism and classism.”
The new bill also provides for the introduction of a number of new voting restrictions.
Among them, there will be new voter requirements to identify absentee ballots, government officials will have the ability to take over local election committees, and the use of ballots will be limited.
The law replaces the elected secretary of state as chairman of the state election council with a new appointee from the legislature after Republican secretary of state Brad Raffensperger rejected Trump’s attempts to reverse Georgia’s election results.
Voters are depicted in a long line that spanned the Metropolitan Library in Atlanta last year
It also allows the board to remove and replace provincial election officials who are considered substandard.
Georgia was one of the states with the most controversy in the most recent presidential election.
Joe Biden became the first Democrat in nearly 30 years to run the presidential election in the state.
Two second elections that took place in the wake of Biden’s victory helped turn the Senate in favor of the Democrats.
Many of Donald Trump’s allegations of electoral fraud focused on Georgia, and Trump demanded that Kemp reverse the election results in the state, which Kemp refused.
Despite Trump’s fraud claims being unsubstantiated, Republicans have focused on changing electoral laws across the country.
By February, 43 states had introduced bills that would restrict voting laws across the country.