Major League Baseball Strikes Out

Major League Baseball's decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game from Georgia to Colorado in response to Georgia's new election law has caused many to scratch their heads considering the reality of election laws in other states with close connections to the League. As an editorial from the Washington Examiner points out, the move was a "cheap and easy way of getting credit for being socially responsible."

The article further explains:

There’s no defense for MLB’s action pulling the All-Star Game out of Georgia. A corporation based in New York, which has more restrictive voting laws than Georgia's, has moved the Midsummer Classic to Colorado, which, like Georgia, has the supposedly objectionable voter ID requirement. It did so at the request of President Joe Biden, who is from Delaware, which also has more restrictive voting laws than Georgia. Why? Because Georgia passed a bill that generally expanded access to voting.

As Gov. Brian Kemp pointed out, when MLB issued its anti-Georgia announcement, the league didn’t bother to cite a single provision of the law it was supposedly objecting to. That’s easy to explain: MLB doesn’t actually care that much about voting laws — otherwise, it wouldn’t have its headquarters in New York.

Despite the facts, Ilya Shapiro points out that the focus will remain on Georgia because of the crucial position it holds in electoral politics:

[V]oting-justice warriors’ focus remains on the Peach State, whose election reform, after an exceedingly close presidential race and two Senate runoffs marred by competing charges of voter fraud and suppression, aims to improve voter access while strengthening ballot integrity. It’s hardly “Jim Crow on steroids” as Biden told ESPN in calling on MLB to move its midsummer classic, nor does it “effectively deny the right to vote to countless voters,” as he put it in a White House statement.

Indeed, SB 202 actually expands voting access for most Georgians, codifying the new opportunities to vote early and absentee (by mail and drop-off) introduced during the pandemic. For example, on those many days of early, in-person voting — including two Saturdays, and optional Sundays — voting locations have to be open at least eight hours, with county officials given leeway to adjust the times to suit their constituents. Voting hours on Election Day are even longer, while the window for requesting absentee ballots is set at “only” 67 days; applications can be completed online but must be received at least eleven days before an election to allow time for the ballot to be mailed out and returned. (For more myth-dispelling details, see this excellent primer by Georgia Public Broadcasting, which is hardly the source people turn to when they think Fox News has an anti-conservative bias.)

Attempts by progressive activists and Democratic elected officials to tie SB 202 to the era of segregation and systemic racial disenfranchisement are thus remarkably dishonest. Even the bizarre attack on the provision purportedly limiting the distribution of water to voters waiting in line is all wet, as detailed by Dan McLaughlin in comparing similar anti-electioneering rules across multiple states of varying ideological shades.

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board has opined that the decision made by the MLB and other corporations to push the false Democrat narrative about Georgia's election law may be to try and shield themselves from the Democrats' radical economic proposals; but the reality is exactly the opposite:

Perhaps these CEOs think they are buying cheap insurance against the growing political pressure from the left by siding with Democrats so publicly. They may also think they can appease the woke factions among their employees and the public pension funds that are increasingly trying to direct business to side with Democratic priorities.

They are fooling themselves. What the CEOs are doing is helping Democrats pass legislation that will solidify and expand their majorities in Congress. This will not co-opt the left; it will embolden them.

To learn more about the ongoing controversy surrounding Georgia's election laws and how to fight back, join RNLA for a special briefing with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp this Thursday, April 8th at 1:00 p.m. ET. Register here today!