Major League Baseball has reportedly made the decision to host the 2021 All-Star Game in Colorado after caving to pressure from the political Left to boycott Georgia after Georgia passed a new election security law, which included having to include a driver’s license number when voting by mail.
“Coors Field in Denver has been chosen to host this year’s All-Star Game,” ESPN reported. “It will mark the second time the homer-friendly home of the Colorado Rockies will host the Midsummer Classic. The American League beat the National League 13-8 at Coors in 1998.”
However, reporters quickly noted that Colorado already has voter ID laws and that the league was moving to a less diverse area.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” MLB Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said in a statement last week. “Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”
The Colorado Secretary of State’s website states:
All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification. If you are voting by mail for the first time, you may also need to provide a photocopy of your identification when you return your mail ballot.
Many were also quick to point out that both the city and state where the game is being moved to, Denver, Colorado, are both significantly less racially diverse than Atlanta, Georgia.
- Colorado is 86.9% white and 4.6% black.
- Georgia is 60.2% white and 32.6% black.
- Denver is 76.1% white and 9.2% black.
- Atlanta is 40.9% white and 51% black.
The county where the game was going to be held in Georgia stated that it was going to lose more than $100 million from the league deciding to pull out of the area. MLB’s decision to pull out of Atlanta came after Democrat President Joe Biden said during an interview last week that he would “strongly support” the decision to pull out of Atlanta.
MLB 100% scrolled through a list of states with Dem governors and just shotgun picked one, apparently unaware the state they chose has as (or more) restrictive voting policies than Georgia. It’s perfect.
— Ben Williamson (@_WilliamsonBen) April 6, 2021
Seems @MLB didn’t read Colorado election law just like they didn’t read Georgia’s law.
First-time mail voters in CO must include copy of ID with ballot.
CO matches signatures on mail ballots. Georgia no longer does.
In-person CO voters must show ID.
“Jim Crow on steroids”? https://t.co/LDchwKvDDC
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) April 6, 2021
Leave it to Corporate America to move an event from a 60% White State to an 80% White State, for racial justice pic.twitter.com/iawy8AZmvz
— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) April 6, 2021
Atlanta is 52% black. Denver is 10% black. And Colorado requires voter ID. https://t.co/ANTuLaM6M6
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) April 6, 2021
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 6, 2021
Colorado Voting Requirements:
-ID required for in-person voting
-Early voting: 15 days prior to election
-Poll times from 7:00am-7:00pm
-Incarcerated felons disenfranchised https://t.co/I8qwa7pbql
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) April 6, 2021
Colorado requires voter ID to vote in person — either a driver’s license, an IRS issued ID card, a valid passport, or a valid employee card with a photo. @MLB better be ready to explain why this is more acceptable than Georgia after that absurd political statement. https://t.co/QT1wDkTboY
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 6, 2021
Like GA, Colorado specifically outlaws electioneering/ campaign workers in campaign gear from handing out food and water to waiting voters.
In GA, anyone can give water/snacks to poll workers to distribute.
(Fixed previous tweet that had this wrong)https://t.co/2eTIKotqPv
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 6, 2021
Colorado is one of the few states that engaged in universal mail-in voting before 2020, a practice that critics call controversial because it sends ballots to all voters whether they request a ballot or not.
The forms of identification that Colorado accepts for voting includes:
- A valid Colorado driver’s license or valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue. (Note: documents issued to not lawfully present and temporarily lawfully present individuals under Part 5 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S. are not acceptable forms of identification.)
- A valid U.S. passport.
- A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government or of Colorado, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of Colorado.
- A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the U.S.
- A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector.
- A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector.
- A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood.
- A valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
- A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate for the elector.
- Certified documentation of naturalization.
- A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado, as defined in section 23-3.1-102(5), C.R.S..
- A valid veteran identification card issued by the U.S. department of veterans affairs veterans health administration with a photograph of the eligible elector.
- A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.
- Any form of identification listed above that shows your address must show a Colorado address to qualify as an acceptable form of identification.
- Verification that a voter is a resident of a group residential facility, as defined in section 1-1-104(18.5), C.R.S.
- Verification that a voter is a person committed to the department of human services and confined and eligible to register and vote shall be considered sufficient identification of such person for the purposes of section 1-2-210.5, C.R.S.
- Written correspondence from the county sheriff or his or her designee to the county clerk indicating that a voter is confined in a county jail or detention facility.
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