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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is suggesting that Major League Baseball move it’s 2021 All-Star Game to New York after it pulled out of Atlanta to protest a new Georgia voting law.
Schumer (D-NY) took to Twitter Saturday morning to suggest the Empire State as an alternate location for the game, set for July 13, one day after the league announced its decision to move its mid-summer classic.
“Racist voter suppression laws are now hurting Georgia’s voters AND its economy,” the top ranking Senate Democrat said, adding, “Georgia Republicans should be ashamed.”
“We would welcome @MLB to come to come play the All-Star Game in New York where we are working to make it easier, not harder, to vote,” he continued.
The bill, signed by Gov. Brian Kemp last Thursday, overhauls election protocols in the Peach State, placing new restrictions on voting by mail and increases legislative control over the voting process.
President Biden initially referred to the bill as “Jim Crow on steroids” the day after its signing, but went even further Wednesday night, saying he would “strongly support” moving the game out of Atlanta in protest.
“MLB fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions at the ballot box,” the league said in a statement Friday announcing its decision.
The league may want to think twice before choosing New York, however, if voting rights are its top concern.
New York offers eight days fewer of early voting than Georgia, and requires an excuse to request an absentee ballot.
Georgia, on the contrary, does not.
Democrats expressed outrage after the bill banned the distribution of food and water to voters within 150 feet of their polling places.
Under current law in New York, passing out of food and water is prohibited unless the items are under $1 in value.
The two states do differ in terms of voter ID requirements, though, with voters in the Peach State needing to provide valid identification in order to vote in person or by mail.
In New York, identification is only required to register to vote in federal elections.
A spokesperson for Schumer did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.
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