Published: Wed, April 07, 2021

Rockies to host MLB's All-Star Game amid controversy over Georgia voting law

Rockies to host MLB's All-Star Game amid controversy over Georgia voting law

Voters rarely encounter lines here. Critics accused Georgia Republicans of attempting to suppress the minority vote in the state, despite the fact that the new Georgia law expands early voting for primary and general elections. Georgia voters without ID can use the last four digits of their Social Security number, a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government documents (similar to Colorado) as acceptable forms of ID, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office told Fox News. Colorado had one dropbox per 9,400 active registered voters for the last election, with the secretary of state boasting about adding scores of new locations in the past few years.

Kemp and others also have said that Colorado requires photo identification to vote, which is false. And, instead of being outdoors with 24-hour access, as many in Colorado are, the Georgia boxes must be inside government buildings and voting sites.

The 2016 presidential election - in which NY businessman Donald Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - was the first in which Colorado used a mail-in ballot system, according to the station.

Acceptable forms of identification include a valid Colorado's driver's license or valid ID card issued by the Department of Revenue, a valid USA passport, a copy of a recent utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government documents. But the vast majority of Coloradans don't need to show an ID in order to vote; past year, more than 94% of Colorado voters cast their ballots by returning them through the mail or in drop boxes, according to election-night data from the Colorado Secretary of State's office.

The new voting law came in the wake of the first Democratic victories in presidential and Senate elections in Georgia in a generation, which triggered repeated unproven assertions by former President Donald Trump that the state's election was fraudulent. But that option is only available for the person's first time voting in the state. The bill, which also prohibits volunteers from distributing food and water to voters waiting in line, was finalized on March 25 roughly 15 miles from Truist Park.

The Braves, the team that would have played host to the game, said they were "deeply disappointed" by Manfred's decision. They said the law was supposed to prevent campaigns from trying to influence voters with gifts.

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