The new law would add a postal ID card requirement for postal votes, shorten the state runoff election after two high profile Republican losses, and strip the state secretary from the state electoral committee.
In response to these calls, Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola CEOs, both Atlanta-based companies, condemned the law on Wednesday, calling it “unacceptable.”
James Quincey, CEO of Coca-Cola, told CNBC it was “a step backwards” while Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta, said in a corporate memo that it was “not in line with Delta’s values”.
In the ESPN interview, Biden criticized the law and its impact on voters.
“Look at what happened down the line. The people who are the most victimized are the leaders in these different sports and it’s just not right,” said Biden. “This is Jim Crow about steroids, what they’re doing in Georgia and 40 other states.”
While Georgian law was passed last week, GOP-dominated state houses across the country are weighing similar laws that could potentially restrict access to voting rights.
The All-Star Game is scheduled for July 13th at the Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park. At the time the game was awarded, the Atlanta Braves said: “This is a tremendous honor for our organization and we are incredibly proud to be hosting this Midsummer Classic for the fifth time.” Last year’s game was canceled for the first time since 1945 due to Covid.
Tony Clark, executive director of the MLB Players Association, told the Boston Globe last week that the players “know very well” what is going on in Georgia and that the association “looks forward to hearing” about the event move.