Georgia governor: Loss of All-Star game will hurt minorities

By SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's Republican governor has stepped up his attack on Major League Baseball's decision to pull this summer's All-Star Game from the state in response to a sweeping new voting law.

Brian Kemp said Saturday the move politicized the sport and would hurt minority-owned businesses.

“It’s minority-owned businesses that have been hit harder than most because of an invisible virus by no fault of their own,” Gov. Brian Kemp said. “And these are the same minority businesses that are now being impacted by another decision that is by no fault of their own.”

Critics say it's the voting law that will disproportionately affect communities of color.

The measure, signed by Kemp last month, expands weekend early voting, but includes strict identification requirements for absentee ballots, limits the use of ballot drop boxes and makes it a crime to hand out food or water to voters waiting in line.

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