MLB slammed for requiring fans to show picture ID to pick up their tickets while criticizing Georgia over a new voter-ID law.
- MLB moved the All-Star Game from Atlanta criticizing Georgia for new voter-ID law while enforcing photo identification for picking up tickets.
- South Carolina Republican Rep. Nancy Mace called out on the baseball organization for its controversial policy.
- Meanwhile, President Biden calls Georgia’s election legislation “an atrocity” and “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”
Major League Baseball(MLB) relocated their All-Star game from Georgia to Colorado in an attempt to boycott the Peach State over new voter-ID law.
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) April 2, 2021
However, the professional baseball organization still requires fans to present a picture ID when picking up their tickets from the Will Call booth, FOX News reports.
South Carolina Republican Rep. Nancy Mace was quick to point out the controversy on Twitter. Along with a screenshot of the Will Call policy, stating that people will need a photo ID to collect their tickets, Mace wrote: “Hey MLB, this you?”
— Nancy Mace (@NancyMace) April 3, 2021
Despite multiple requests for an explanation of their photo ID system, MLB still hasn’t reacted.
The official MLB policy states:
“Group and hospitality tickets left at Will Call will be held under one person’s name, and that person will need a picture ID to pick up their tickets. Unfortunately, we cannot leave tickets under a company name or with a guest list.”
According to those supporting the All-Star Game relocation from Georgia to Colorado, the Southeastern state’s new election law is suppressive and racist. President Joe Biden himself called the GOP-backed voter-ID legislation: “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.”
On the contrary, Gov. Brian Kemp argued that Democrats have misinterpreted the bill. He explained:
“These reforms have nothing to do with ‘voter suppression’ or ‘Jim Crow.’ The Election Integrity Act makes it easy to vote by expanding access to the polls and harder to cheat by ensuring the security of the ballot box.”
Major League Baseball may be scared of Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams, but we’re not. We will continue to fight to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Georgia. pic.twitter.com/sR718x1tTq
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) April 3, 2021
Georgia’s election reform requires proof of identification, but allows observation of ballot counting and expands the number of early voting days.
The legislation also continues to allow voters to cast absentee ballots without an excuse. Moreover, it gives the State Election Board more authority over counties.
The law also prohibits anyone from providing food or water to people waiting in line to vote.
As per CNN, President Biden commented:
“It’s an atrocity! If you want any indication that it has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency — they passed a law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote.”
Following MLB’s decision to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta, former President Barack Obama tweeted:
“Congratulations to MLB for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens.”
Congratulations to @MLB for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens. There’s no better way for America’s pastime to honor the great Hank Aaron, who always led by example.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 3, 2021