States offering to host MLB All-Star Game have some voting restrictions similar to Georgia's

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Some of the states looking to host the Major League Baseball All-Star
Game, after it was pulled from Atlanta over a recently-passed Georgia
election reform law, have some of the same or even tighter voting
restrictions compared to those called for in the controversial measure.

As previously reported by Fox News, Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
suggested the league should consider playing the game in New York, where
the state is "working to make it easier, not harder, to vote."

In New York State there are fewer early voting days than Georgia and a
restriction on passing out food and water over $1 in value to voters in
line. Georgia forbids giving food and water to people on line to vote. New
York also requires an excuse to request an absentee ballot, though that
provision is considered relatively flexible.

Other states that have expressed interest in hosting the game include
Colorado, Illinois and New Jersey, which are all led by Democratic
governors.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has called the voting restrictions in Georgia
"Jim Crow 2.0" and is also looking to lure entertainment industry
companies from the Peach State.

In New Jersey, like New York, there are fewer early voting days than
Georgia. There do not appear to be restrictions, however, on handing out
food and beverages to individuals waiting in line to vote, and the
deadline to request an absentee ballot is more forgiving than what has
been mandated by the new Georgia law.

Illinois’ Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the state would "welcome the
All-Star Game safely and enthusiastically." In Pritzker’s state, the early
voting period must begin at least 15 days before the election, which
allows it to potentially be shorter than Georgia’s.


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But handing out food and drinks to voters does not appear to be
restricted, and Illinois’timeline to request an absentee ballot is less
limiting.

A spokesperson for Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said the governor would be
"burning up the phones" to bring the game to Denver, as reported by The
Denver Post.

In Colorado, the early voting rules require polling centers to be open 15
days before the election – similar to Illinois.

But absentee ballots are received automatically, which is far less
restrictive than many other states, Georgia included.

Each of these states appears to have less restrictive overall voting
guidelines than Georgia. All of them, for example, use signature matching
for absentee ballot verification, whereas Georgia will now require voters
to present a valid form of photo identification.

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As previously reported by FOX Business, the game generates a healthy
amount of economic activity for the host city, so it is not a surprise
lawmakers are jockeying to get their respective stadiums on the MLB’s
radar.

The 2020 All-Star Game hosted in Los Angeles, for example, had an
estimated economic impact of $89 million. The game the year prior in
Cleveland was estimated to have generated $65 million in regional economic
activity. The 2013 event in New York had a massive local payday –
estimated at $191.5 million.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced last week that the game would be
relocated from Atlanta over the recently-passed election reform law, which
was signed into law by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp at the end of last month.

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SIMILAR FOOD AND DRINK RESTRICTION

The legislation changes the rules and processes for requesting an absentee
ballot, including requiring voters to present valid forms of
identification. It also limits drop boxes and the early voting period for
runoffs, among other provisions.

Republicans argued the legislation was necessary to shore up confidence in
the election process.

Georgia was one of the key states that the Trump campaign focused on as it
homed in on unproven claims of voter fraud during and after the 2020
presidential election. Biden narrowly won Georgia by roughly 12,000 votes.

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips and Rémy Numa contributed to this report.



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