Last week, Major League Baseball announced that it would no longer be holding its annual All-Star Game in Atlanta, in response to a controversial voting bill passed by the Georgia General Assembly, and signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp. With the location of the game now up in the air, Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal thinks Seattle may be the perfect alternative.
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The law reduces the window Georgia voters can request ballots by mail, enacts stringent ID requirements for mail-in voting, limits the number of ballot drop boxes permitted during early voting periods, affords more power to state lawmakers over county and local elections, and bans people from handing out food or water to voters in line within 150 feet of polling places.
Georgia Republicans like Gov. Kemp have defended the bill by claiming “it expands access” to voting, while critics have labeled it as a targeted voter suppression initiative akin to “Jim Crow 2.0.”
That saw MLB siding with voting rights advocate and announcing its decision last Friday not to hold 2021’s All-Star game in Atlanta, stating that it “supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
Democratic Washington Rep. Jayapal responded to MLB’s decision on Sunday, touting her state’s automatic voter registration, its universal vote-by-mail system, and its high turnout levels in recent elections.
“We want people to vote — and they do!” she said. “Voter turnout was 84% in the last election. So bring