MLB Moves All-Star Game To Colorado Despite The State’s Mandatory Voter Identification Rule

We have been discussing the false statements made by President Joe Biden and White House Press Secretary Jan Psaki to support the boycott of Georgia over its new voting law. Yet, the White House is not the only ones seemingly doubling down on that narrative.  The MLB refused to reconsider its controversial decision to move the gam from Atlanta. It is now sending the game to Denver. It is a move that will only heighten objections. Colorado also requires identification for voting — one of the key points of objection to Georgia. New polling shows that, even after this campaign, Americans continue to overwhelmingly support such mandatory identification rules with almost 75 percent in favor of such rules. Indeed, over 50 percent of Democrats support such voter identification rules. Some polling shows 63 percent of Democrats supporting such mandatory rules.

During an interview on ESPN, Biden repeated his claim that the law is “Jim Crow on steroids” and added: “Imagine passing a law saying you cannot provide water or food for someone standing in line to vote, can’t do that? C’mon! Or you’re going to close a polling place at 5 o’clock when working people just get off?”

As we previously discussed, it is hard to “imagine” because it is not true and the White House knows that it is not true.  I will not repeat the clearly false claim about closing polling places early.  As the Washington Post noted, “the net effect [of the Georgia law] is … to expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians, not limit them.”  The use of the provision to suggest a reduction in voting hours was a knowing misrepresentation by those seeking to justify the federalization of election laws in Congress.  Despite being called out on the false statement, President Biden continues to repeat it.

Opponents of the new law have also enraged some Georgians over the move (particularly in moving the game from a city with a black majority to a city with a small black population). There have also been controversial arguments beyond the Biden claims.  That includes the argument of former Clinton lawyer Marc Elias that the Georgia voters cannot not be expected to be locate their driver’s license numbers on their licenses — a claim denounced by critics as racist.

Colorado has some provisions that are more strict and some that are more lenient than Georgia. For example, Georgia allows for 17 days of in-person early voting including two optional Sundays while Colorado only allows 15.

Colorado also requires voter identification for in person voting and a copy with mail-in voting.

Colorado does automatically sends absentee ballots to all registered voters rather than require a request. However, the MLB seemed to struggle to find a venue.  Indeed, Georgia legislators have suggested adopting the laws in New York and Delaware which have some more stringent provisions than Georgia.

 

122 thoughts on “MLB Moves All-Star Game To Colorado Despite The State’s Mandatory Voter Identification Rule”

  1. Turley is a massive liar. Apparently he hasn’t done research on what the law in Georgia really says. He’s been relying on the Washington post’s analysis instead of actually scrutinizing the law itself. Notice he never posts the actual text of the law he claims Biden is misrepresenting.

    Biden claims early voting hours were reduced. That’s actually true. Here’s the actual text of the law.

    “ Page 59: There shall be a period of advance voting that shall commence: (A) On the fourth Monday immediately prior to each primary or election; and (̶B̶)̶ ̶O̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶f̶o̶u̶r̶t̶h̶ ̶M̶o̶n̶d̶a̶y̶ ̶i̶m̶m̶e̶d̶i̶a̶t̶e̶l̶y̶ ̶p̶r̶i̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶a̶ ̶r̶u̶n̶o̶f̶f̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶a̶ ̶g̶e̶n̶e̶r̶a̶l̶ ̶p̶r̶i̶m̶a̶r̶y̶;̶ ̶(̶C̶)̶ ̶O̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶f̶o̶u̶r̶t̶h̶ ̶M̶o̶n̶d̶a̶y̶ ̶i̶m̶m̶e̶d̶i̶a̶t̶e̶l̶y̶ ̶p̶r̶i̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶a̶ ̶r̶u̶n̶o̶f̶f̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶a̶ ̶g̶e̶n̶e̶r̶a̶l̶ ̶e̶l̶e̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶r̶e̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶d̶i̶d̶a̶t̶e̶s̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶a̶ ̶f̶e̶d̶e̶r̶a̶l̶ ̶o̶f̶f̶i̶c̶e̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶a̶l̶l̶o̶t̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶r̶u̶n̶o̶f̶f̶;̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶(̶D̶)̶(B) As soon as possible prior to a runoff from any o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ general primary or election i̶n̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶r̶e̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶o̶n̶l̶y̶ ̶s̶t̶a̶t̶e̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶c̶o̶u̶n̶t̶y̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶d̶i̶d̶a̶t̶e̶s̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶a̶l̶l̶o̶t̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶r̶u̶n̶o̶f̶f̶ but no later than the second Monday immediately prior to such runoff and shall end on the Friday immediately prior to each primary, election, or runoff.

    Voting shall be conducted d̶u̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶n̶o̶r̶m̶a̶l̶ ̶b̶u̶s̶i̶n̶e̶s̶s̶ ̶h̶o̶u̶r̶s̶ beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. on weekdays, other than observed state holidays, during such period and shall be conducted on the second S̶a̶t̶u̶r̶d̶a̶y̶ and third Saturdays during the hours of 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. and, if the registrar or absentee ballot clerk so chooses, the second Sunday, the third Sunday, or both the second and third Sundays prior to a primary or election during the hours o̶f̶ ̶9̶ ̶a̶.̶m̶.̶ ̶t̶h̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶4̶ ̶p̶.̶m̶.̶ determined by the registrar or absentee ballot clerk, but no longer than 7 a.m. through 7 p.m.”

    The provision requires counties to hold early voting during weekday working hours — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — and says it may be held for longer but may not take place before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. on those days. The early voting period will begin four weeks before an election. The previous iteration of the law called only for early voting during “normal business hours” and left it up to counties to determine those hours.

    Turley’s claim is false.

      1. More like Turley or whoever does his “research” needs to actually do…research instead of relying on a single publication for information.

        1. @svelaz

          Your are being too easy on Professor Turley. He is a racist, ‘nazi’ too!

          antonio

          1. Antonio, clearly Turley or whoever did the “research” didn’t and just relied on the Washington post as a source.

            Turley made an effort to post the actual text of the law when it came to the prohibition on handing out food or water. Conveniently he didn’t post the text where the law specifies the hours for early voting in his previous column criticizing Biden’s “false claims”.

            Turns out Biden was indeed telling the truth.

    1. How was the law written before it was significantly loosened for Covid reasoning? That law is what has been expanded because we are no longer in an emergency situation. Your cross-offs were from the loosening and weren’t meant to stay in place indefinitely.

      1. Anonymous, those cross offs are the OLD legislation that republicans changed. That text is from the actual legislation. I didn’t cross anything off. Republicans did.

  2. Democrats and liberals are most comfortable expressing opinions and taking actions that are full of insanity and hypocrisy. It’s absolutely absurd to watch the corporate executives who force every employee to show an ID to work, require their workforce to wear ID’s to enter their offices, and require ID to purchase their products act like they have actually thought through this. No – they are just puppets dancing for their puppeteers.

  3. By any other name, it’s still extortion. The underlying kerfuffle in GA might  actually be the voter ID portion of the law . .  but the Leftwing media has been howling over that portion which outlaws the giving of water or snacks to folks waiting ( ostensibly for hours in the hot sun ) to vote. Never mind that other states outlaw such as ‘ electioneering ‘, an opportunity to change undecided voter’s minds before they enter the voting booth . . . . I’m reminded of the ASPCA TV commercials where a passionate, pitiful voice-over whines for $$$ to help these abused animals – shown as abandoned, helpless creatures ( possibly deliberately abused in order to shoot the commercial ? ) and our hearts as well as our pocketbooks are opened to their plight.

  4. I am certain that my leftist moral bettors can explain why the Colorado voter ID law is OK, but not Georgia’s. There are other perplexing questions that also need answered.

    Mexico has very strict voter ID requirements. Since Mexico is a majority mestizo country (and therefore above criticism); the only reason I can think this might occur is because it has been hijacked by a small “white supremacist”, Spanish elite (i.e about 15% of the population).

    Canada (an otherwise very liberal country) also has strict voting requirements but there is an easy explanation for their malfeasance, it is run by “white supremacists”, a condition that their brave fighter for justice, Justin Trudeau, is valiantly attempting to correct (i.e. descendants of the Anglo – French settlers will be a minority by 2050).

    A picture ID is needed for at least the following:

    – entering a federal building
    – getting on an airplane
    – renting a car
    – enrolling in a university

    Again, I know my limitations as a deplorable and am asking for an explanation from my leftist moral bettors. And what is worse, I am Hispanic, but for some reason do not possess the requisite “wokeness” befitting my victimhood status.

    Please help, kind, sweet, tolerant leftists!!

    antonio

    1. ADDENDUM TO ABOVE

      I am still anxiously awaiting an explanation from my leftist, moral bettors regarding my earlier comments and will add the following. New York and Delaware arguably have stricter laws than the recently adopted and bigoted Georgia law. Am still trying to determine why those states have been left off the hook by the MSM. No calls for boycotts, etc. All I can determine is that those states are run by progressive leftists who are doing their part in the fight against systematic racism. If those states were run by “white supremacists” such as Governor Kemp, that would be a different story.

      antonio

      1. Antonio, it’s not the voter ID laws themselves that are the problem. It’s the combination of voter ID laws as the additional restrictions of other laws together. Combined those laws create more obstacles. In Georgia you cannot vote by mail unless you have a reason. The only other option is to vote in person. In Georgia hours long lines are common in urban areas because local election offices run by republicans shrink the number of available polling places. It’s a deliberate attempt to minimize the number of voters. Mail in voting which Colorado has done for years for all of its voters eliminates these long lines and makes it possible for more voters to participate.

        Reducing the hours in early voting to 5pm and if an election office chooses to they can extend the hours until 7. But that is completely optional. That doesn’t give people time to vote if they can’t get off work.

        Other states have longer hours. Or longer early voting opportunities. Georgia cut short it’s early voting from 9 weeks to four.

    2. If you want to know the difference between Colorado’s voter ID law and Georgia’s, why don’t you look it up, Antonio?

      Lots of people never
      – enter a federal building
      – get on an airplane
      – rent a car
      – enroll in a university
      It’s also a false comparison, since none of those 4 actions are in the Constitution, unlike voting.

      For the record, I’ve entered lots of federal buildings — including the Smithsonian, the National Archives, and the Library of Congress — without having to show a photo ID.

      You’re a boring troll.

      1. What about going to the doctor Anonymous? Do “lots of people” avoid that too? Give me a break!

  5. Corporate America is more loyal to Beijing than the Constitution… and Beijing wants as much strife in America as they can create. It’s called asymmetrical warfare and Nike, MLB, NBA, UPS, Gillette, CNN, and Woka-Cola are Beijing’s willing guerillas. BLM and Antifa, too.

    It’s time to cancel the traitors.

    1. and Beijing wants as much strife in America as they can create. It’s called asymmetrical warfare…

      Absolutely. In this book, the authors call it political warfare. The Left is always on the attack and they rely on our predictable defensive response.

      Our national aversion to recognizing threats beyond the strictly military, especially our aversion to ideological threats in the political warfare arena, has for some time been recognized as a strategic vulnerability by those hostile to America. Our lack of situational awareness of this vulnerability, by itself, constitutes a threat to our national security. Bringing events current from Bella Dodd’s time, two Chinese Colonels wrote a thesis for the Chinese War College in 1999 stating that America’s inability to recognize political warfare threats is so degraded, it may have lost the capability to do so. Of course, for China—and every other country that recognizes our blindness to this vulnerability—prioritization of effort demands that it focus its primary lines of effort against America’s most exploitable vulnerabilities (which is why the Chinese Colonels wrote their thesis for the Chinese War College in the first place). From 1999 (two years before 9/11) – 13

      “Whether it be the intrusion of hackers, a major explosion at the World Trade Center, of a bombing attack by bin Laden, all of these greatly exceed the frequency bandwidths understood by the American military . . . This is because they have never taken into consideration and have even refused to consider means that are contrary to tradition and to select measures of operation other than military means.”
      13 Col Qiao Liang, Col Wang Xiangsui, Unrestricted Warfare: China’s Master Plan to Destroy America, Pan American Publishing, Panama City, Panama, 2002 (Originally published in 1999 by China’s People’s Liberation Army, China, 1999), 102.

      https://unconstrainedanalytics.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Unconstrained-Analytics-Left-Strategy-Tactics-231120.pdf

        1. LMAO that you think boycotts were started by Democrats. They have an old history, going back to the 1800s.

    2. Diogenes, it more about corporate America listening to its customers. The very people who they rely on to make money. According to the Supreme Court corporations are people too. They too can exercise their free speech rights and if they don’t agree with what their state government is doing they can take action. It’s a very republican concept that apparently is now not en vogue.

        1. Diogenes, being bitter and upset about others doing what they have every right to do even if it is a corporation seems to have triggered a nasty case of the hypocrites.

          1. When it comes to business, the best politics is no politics, with few exceptions. Your suits will discover this the hard way. Totalitarians like you will never get it.

  6. Clearly MLB needs to move its headquarters out of NYC as NY still has some of the most restrictive voting laws on the book in the 50 states.

    Is the MLB commissioner going to give up his “ privileged “ spot at the upcoming Masters Tournament?

    Same goes for Coke, Delta, Tyler Perry in Atlanta.

    1. Please don’t forget CNN, which is headquartered in Atlanta. Also, will CBS still televise the Master’s?

  7. And, you just can’t make this stuff up – “Atlanta is a black-majority city, with 51% of its population black.

    Denver is one of America’s whitest major cities; just over 9% of Denver is black. More than 76% of it is white.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/mlb-moves-all-star-game-atlanta-one-whitest-cities-america

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA the stupid lying virtue signalling from the Democrats!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Report

    1. Being whiter Denver will probably be safer. Perhaps that is one carefully disguised motive for the move.

    2. Squeaky, the funny thing is relocating the MLB game has nothing to do with race. It’s about Georgia’s election law being created on the basis of a lie. The only reason they made those changes was because of faked claims of voter fraud.

      1. Hell, Svelaz, half the frigging laws in the country are based on lies, of one sort or the other. Jesus H Christ, look at the Patriot Bill, etc. No, here is the issue. The Democrats rely heavily on stolen and manufactured votes in the big cities they control. Those stolen and manufactured votes help elect Democratic Senators particularly. Strict voter ID laws would make it harder to scarf up votes, so they are against them. BUT, one can not just come out and say, “Gee we need to cheat to win!”, so you get various dumb excuses, like “it suppresses the minority vote!”

        And that is probably technically correct, since a lot of the vote manufacturing takes place in black precincts, where respect for the law is already lacking.

        That is why the Democrats are panicking about it. But simply look at other countries, like France, Canada and others. IIRC, They do not allow mail in ballots for just that reason, and most HONEST countries require Voter ID. Nobody really thinks it is bad to require ID to buy booze, or cigarettes, or even to get into a Federal Building. But then, all of a sudden, Voter ID is this big bad horrible thing when it comes to voting??? C’mon, you are smarter than that. Quit running with the Democratic Party mob.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

  8. “The MLB refused to reconsider its controversial decision to move the gam from Atlanta. It is now sending the game to Denver. It is a move that will only heighten objections. Colorado also requires identification for voting — one of the key points of objection to Georgia.”
    ***************************
    When clowns run any show, you have to expect funny things to happen. In this case, it’s hilariously ironic.

    1. In Colorado you don’t have to have an excuse to vote by mail. You don’t have to worry about standing in line for hours to vote or worry about getting to your polling place on time like you do in Georgia. It’s much more convenient to vote in Colorado than it is in Georgia where they made it less convenient.

      Voting by mail without an excuse in Georgia became very popular because it allowed people to avoid those hours long lines to vote. That convenience allowed more people to vote. Which is what Republicans don’t want.

  9. I live in Colorado. I have never had to show an ID to vote. I did have to show an ID to register to vote. That was decades ago. Every registered Coloradan gets a ballot in the mail. Since voting by mail started, I haven’t bothered to even try to vote in person. Why would I when it is so easy to vote without standing in any line? Secretaries of State from both parties have publicly commented about insignificant numbers of voter fraud in the state. Ironically voter fraud cases tend to be Republicans voting for their ex-wives. https://www.5280.com/2020/05/no-fraud-isnt-rampant-in-colorados-mail-in-voting-system/

    1. “I live in Colorado. I have never had to show an ID to vote. I did have to show an ID to register to vote. That was decades ago. Every registered Coloradan gets a ballot in the mail. Since voting by mail started, I haven’t bothered to even try to vote in person. Why would I when it is so easy to vote without standing in any line?”
      **************************
      More Anon-a-lies busted:

      “If you are voting by mail for the first time you may need to provide a photocopy of your identification with your ballot. Voters who recently registered for the first time and are voting by mail are required to provide a photocopy of their identification.

      When voting in person you will need one of the following types of identification:

      A valid Colorado driver’s license
      A valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue
      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 Colorado, or by any Colorado county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state
      A valid pilot’s license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or other authorized agency of the United States
      A valid U.S. military identification card with photograph of the elector
      A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector. A cable bill, a telephone bill, documentation from a public institution of higher education in Colorado containing at least the name, date of birth, and residence address of the student elector, or a paycheck from a government institution are also sufficient forms of identification
      A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
      A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
      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.
      A valid veteran identification card issued by the United States department of veterans affairs veterans health administration with a photograph of the eligible election
      A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership
      A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood
      Verification that a voter is a resident of a group residential facility
      Verification that a voter is a person committed to the department of human services and confined and eligible to register and vote.”

      (…)

      “If you are a first time voter who registers by mail to vote in Colorado, you are required to submit one of the forms of identification (listed below) with your application. If you have not already done so, you must also submit a copy of one of these forms of identification when you return your absentee ballot application. DO NOT include original documents with the application. You must place the copy of ID in the outer envelope of the ballot, not inside the ballot itself. Please submit a copy of one of the following forms of identification:

      A valid Colorado driver’s license
      A valid Colorado Department of Revenue ID card
      A valid pilot’s license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration
      A valid U.S. Military ID card with photograph
      A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
      A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
      Certified documentation of naturalization
      A valid U.S. passport
      A valid employee identification with a photograph issued by the U.S. government, Colorado state government, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of the state
      A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address. A cable bill, telephone bill or documentation from a Colorado public institution of higher education containing at least your name, date of birth, and legal residence address, or a paycheck from a government institution are also sufficient forms of ID
      Note: Some forms of ID may not contain an address. If your address appears on the identification, the address must be in Colorado.”

      Yes it is that easy to disprove her. Never, it seems, really doesn’t mean never in her world.

      1. Mr. Esposito, do you often have difficulty understanding that “may” doesn’t mean “will”?

    2. In 2016, a local news channel did an investigation comparing Colorado’s voter rolls to a death database. They found several cases of dead people casting ballots in Colorado. It’s not a case of mistaken identity, or an accident, or some other innocent explanation. People were illegally casting ballots for dead people.

      https://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/09/22/cbs4-investigation-finds-dead-voters-casting-ballots-in-colorado/

      The dirty little secret about voter fraud that Democrats and the activists who control them never mention is that politicians have enacted voter fraud laws that make it almost impossible to prosecute. The person committing the fraud almost has to be caught in the act AND the prosecutor must show the person intended to commit fraud to get a conviction.

      It’s the second element – proving intent – that is often hard to prove. In PA, after the state enacted its Motor Voter law, non-citizens presented their visas and other immigration paperwork to get a legal drivers license. Then at the end of the process a functionary would ask the non-citizen if they wanted to register to vote. 100,000 of them said yes, despite it being illegal for non-citizens to vote.

      If they illegally voted, how can a prosecutor prove intent to comment fraud when the non-citizens literally handed their immigration papers over to be reviewed for a drivers license and then the government asked them if they’d like to register to vote?

      Go to Paragraph 65 of this complaint and watch the video at the embedded link if you want.
      https://publicinterestlegal.org/files/1-PA-Complaint.pdf

    1. Olly, last year democrats in congress proposed just that. Republicans refused to consider it because it increases the number of voters. They don’t want that. It’s a good idea and it helps when voting times are limited on voting day.

      1. Republicans refused to consider it because it increases the number of voters.

        That would be a remarkable statement for them to make. Provide the citation proving you’re not lying.

          1. Thank you. I believe he has a legitimate concern as the GOP leader in the Senate. Personally, I believe it should be a national holiday and if encourages more people to vote, then let the chips fall where they may. If I were him, I would agree to that as long as it became a federal law (at a minimum) that US Civics be a high school graduation requirement. Additionally, I would make it a federal law requirement that everyone had to pass the same civics exam that is used for citizenship. 🙂

            1. Maybe you should restudy your civics, Olly, and understand why “a federal law (at a minimum) that US Civics be a high school graduation requirement” would be unconstitutional. Hint: focus on the 10th Amendment.

              1. We require, at the federal level, prospective citizens pass a civics test. I believe they need to get 7 out of 10. We barely require native-born citizens to fog a mirror to vote. Either basic civics literacy is important or it is not.

                Regarding the 10th; I’m all for reducing the federal bureaucracy and eliminating the US Dept. of Ed. However civics illiteracy is a national crisis worthy of a federal response.

                1. None of which addresses the fact that the federal government cannot make US Civics “a high school graduation requirement”

                    1. Olly,
                      I’m going to stick with the 10th Amendment on this one and agree with Anonymous. The federal government is too top heavy already. I don’t want a national curriculum; they’d mess it up. I’d rather people demand a better education for their kids–including requiring for graduation a US Government class. It’s finally required in my district…

                    2. Oh, I agree. I just like to have others defend the 10th amendment. Ironically, if we had civics literacy requirements, we’d have more people opposing the bureaucratic state.

                    3. Per the 10th Amendment, high school graduation requirements are the purview of the states. The federal government can only try to encourage/coerce with funding and curricular materials.

                    4. Olly, because of the 10th amendment. The federal government can require it of prospective citizens because the federal government is in charge of granting citizenship. States don’t have that power.

                      Each state can require its own school systems to make civics education mandatory.

  10. This is the organization that twice changed it’s voting rules to protect the integrity of the game. Just like the NFL and the NBA these people are COWARDS. As for that clinton lawyer, he probably can’t find his DL# and that’s why he is certain a minority person wouldn’t be able to find it either.

  11. At least MLB is consistent: AJ Hinch serves 1 year suspension for cheating scandal during a World Series, but is back managing the Detroit Tigers and Pete Rose can’t get into the Hall of Fame after being banned 40+ years for betting. All MLB knows how to do is screw up.

  12. MLB really messed up on this one. Facts should matter; alas, it appears that they no longer do.

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