Major League Baseball intends to move its All-Star Game to Denver after the league reported Friday that it was pulling the game out of Atlanta in dissent of the state’s new prohibitive voting laws.
The league is scheduled to declare on Tuesday that the game, set for July 13, will happen at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, USA Today detailed Monday evening refering to an individual with information on the decision.
The city of Denver started campaigning to host the game after the MLB declared they were pulling the competition out of Atlanta, as per Yahoo Finance.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told the power source that his city was “ready to host” the game, refering to the city’s “progressive voting system.”
“We’re proud to welcome it and to talk about the progressive voting system in Denver, that is bent on making sure no one, no one is abridged from their right to vote,” Hancock told Yahoo Finance.
“We’ll put that on display, but more importantly we can demonstrate to Major League Baseball that we are prepared and ready to host [the All-Star Game] in July, if they still choose us,” he added.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred reported the decision to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta in an explanation Friday, expressing “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
Manfred said the decision was made after discussions with teams and players tracked down that moving the game out of the Peach State was “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.”
A month ago, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a sweeping elections bill into law which tightened voting regulations in the state, including restricting the utilization of voting form drop boxes and setting personal ID necessities for absentee voting.
The legislation likewise makes it a crime for individuals to pass out water or food to people remaining in line, guaranteeing that such provisions are a type of a gift that ought to be banned.