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Major League Baseball moves All-Star game and draft

Major League Baseball making adjustments after controversy swirls around voters rights in Georgia.
FILE - Cardboard cutouts of fans in the otherwise empty seats face the field during the sixth...
FILE - Cardboard cutouts of fans in the otherwise empty seats face the field during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays in Atlanta, in this Thursday, July 30, 2020, file photo. Georgia’s new voting law _ which critics claim severely limits access to the ballot box, especially for people of color _ has prompted calls from as high as the White House to consider moving the midsummer classic out of Atlanta. The game is set for July 13 at Truist Park, the Braves’ 41,000-seat stadium in suburban Cobb County.(AP Photo/John Amis, File)
Published: Apr. 4, 2021 at 10:47 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Major league baseball is moving its 2021 all-star game out of Atlanta, Georgia in reaction to the state’s controversial new voting law.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced his decision to move the game Friday saying in part, “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating

This year’s all-star game and MLB draft.”

His statement went on to say, “fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”

Last week, Georgia’s governor Brian Kemp signed into law sweeping restrictions to the state’s voting rules.

The Atlanta Braves released a statement today saying they were “disappointed” by the decision.

The club wrote that, “the Braves organization will continue to stress the importance of equal voting opportunities and we had hoped our city could use this event as a platform to enhance the discussion.’

The team statement went on to say, “businesses, employees and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision.”

Governor kemp today responded saying, “today, major league baseball caved to fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies,” and that the new law “expands access to the ballot box and ensures the integrity of our elections.”

A new host city for this summer’s event has not been announced.

The MLB draft, which had been scheduled for July 11-13 in Atlanta, will also be moved.

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