Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday blasted Major League Baseball's decision to pull the 2021 All-Star game from Atlanta over a new voting law and relocate the game to Colorado, which has some similar and even more restrictive voting laws.
"Last week, you "decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year's All-Star Game" from Atlanta because of Georgia's revised election law", the senator from Florida wrote.
The new voting law came in the wake of the first Democratic victories in presidential and Senate elections in Georgia in a generation, which triggered repeated unproven assertions by former President Donald Trump that the state's election was fraudulent.
Manfred said Major League Baseball "fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box".
"Major League Baseball is grateful to the Rockies, the City of Denver and the State of Colorado for their support of this summer's All-Star Game", Manfred said in a written statement. "So it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me".
The 2016 presidential election - in which NY businessman Donald Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - was the first in which Colorado used a mail-in ballot system, according to the station.
Kemp also criticized the president for appearing at the NCAA championship game in IN, given Biden's comments, because in was "the birthplace for the photo ID requirement".
But ultimately, a total of 21,408 of the mailed-in or dropped-off ballots were disqualified because of voter-identification issues, the station reported.
When voting absentee in Colorado, voters only need to provide identification for the first time they cast an absentee ballot. Of the total rejected ballots, 16,209 were nixed because the voter's signature couldn't be verified, 2,606 because the ballot wasn't signed at all, and 2,593 because the voter's registration could not be verified.