Organizations are calling for major sporting events to be moved out of Georgia after the state passed a controversial voting law on Thursday.
Tony Clark, executive director of the MLB Players Association, said players were ready to discuss moving the annual All-Star Game to July, usually played in Atlanta, although they haven’t had a conversation with the league. about it, according to the Boston Globe.
A Los Angeles Times editorial also called on MLB to move the All-Star game.
The National Black Justice Coalition, a black and LGBTQ civil rights group, said in a statement that golfers should refuse to play the Masters, an annual tournament at Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, unless the law be repealed.
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“The PGA Tour and the Masters Tournament are both committed to helping diversify golf and tackling racial inequalities in this country – and we expect them to speak out not only against the new racist crackdown law. voters in Georgia – but also take action, ”the statement said. .
The law was signed Thursday by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp after quickly passing through the state legislature.
Activists also called for a boycott of Atlanta-based companies like Coca-Cola that have not specifically spoken out against the new law.
“Ford v Ferrari” and “Logan” director James Mangold tweeted Thursday, “I won’t be making a movie in Georgia. ”
“Georgia has used money to steal movie jobs from other states that allow people to vote. I don’t want to play there, ”Mangold told The Wrap. “I don’t tell anyone else what to do. I just can’t work on it until that changes. ”
Savannah Mayor Van Johnson has said he will not buy Coca-Cola products until the issue is resolved.
But Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., said such boycotts would hurt low-income people. “It would hurt working middle class and people struggling with poverty,” King tweeted. “It would increase the misdeeds of racism and classism. ”
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The law standardizes voting hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or as long as from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It requires two Saturdays of early voting instead of one and makes two Sundays optional for early voting. It continues to allow absentee voting without giving a reason, but requires state-issued ID to request a ballot.
The law also prohibits distributing food and water to voters who line up at the polls and shortens the second round of elections from nine to four weeks.
By law, ballot boxes are also limited. They will be placed in early voting locations, but only available while the venue is open. The law also shifts some power over elections to state legislators and the Georgia State Council of Elections.
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The law would also wrest electoral authority from Georgia’s secretary of state, allowing the Republican-controlled legislature to appoint a chairman of the state’s electoral council instead.
The bill came after a Democratic sweep of two Senate seats and the presidential vote in Georgia, and repeated and unsubstantiated allegations of mass voter fraud by former President Trump.