The Major League Baseball All-Star game is upon us, finally settling down in Denver, Colorado after being pulled out of Atlanta, Georgia in protest over a new election integrity bill in April of this year.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp didn’t react too well at the time, and he has continued his opposition to the move in a 30-second ad campaign that is set to debut during the All-Star game itself.
In the ad, the Governor fires shots at the Democratic Party, activist Stacey Abrams and MLB for protesting against the state’s new and controversial election law.
He also vows to continue fighting any legal challenges that come into the state of Georgia as a result of these protests.
Governor Kemp stated in an interview with Fox News that he will “keep fighting” against those who are attempting to challenge the election integrity bill, a point that he reiterates in his new ad campaign.
He claimed that the new bill is a “good piece of legislation” and that, once implemented, it will make it “easy to vote and harder to cheat” in state and national elections in Georgia.
He then accused the likes of Stacey Abrams and MLB of “overplaying their hand” in the argument, before proclaiming that they will be “pushed back.”
Kemp even fired against President Joe Biden, claiming that he made comments against the bill without even reading or understand what the bill would actually do.
These are all points that Kemp reiterates loudly in his ad campaign, which is set to first hit the air during the MLB All-Star game, a game that was pulled from his state over concerns for his election integrity bill.
The bill’s opposition
Activist Stacey Abrams, alongside President Biden, is the most prominent spearhead against the election bill in Georgia, with the President labeling the legislation as an issue of “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.”
This led to the President’s Justice Department suing the state of Georgia over the bill, claiming that it was discriminatory and violating federal election laws.
Kemp hit back, stating that this lawsuit, which was launched in June, was the administration’s attempt to influence the outcome of election laws that were being debated and passed by numerous state legislatures.
A spokesperson for activist Stacey Abrams claimed that Kemp was the one hurting the state’s economy after it was revealed that the relocation of the MLB All-Star would cost the local economy close to $100 million.
The spokesperson continued by claiming that, if Kemp really did care about Georgia, then he would’ve shot down the Elections Integrity Act to keep the game hosted in Atlanta.
However, he didn’t, and this led to MLB withdrawing the game and moving it to Colorado.
This also led to numerous companies such as Coca-Cola speaking out against the bill in solidarity with MLB.
What does the bill do?
The Elections Integrity Act is designed to introduce restrictions on mail-in voting before any election, due to the hot topic nature of the issue during the 2020 election cycle which led to claims of voter fraud from former President Donald Trump in numerous states including Georgia.
The bill also expands on the requirements for citizens to have voter ID, one of the core pledges by many Republican Governors up and down the country.
On top of this, the bill also adds more restrictions onto non-poll workers providing refreshments to voters as they wait in line, alongside a handful of other small restrictions in a move that Kemp claims will ensure “security and confidence” in elections in the state.
The MLB All-Star game will be held next week on July 13th, 3 months after it was pulled out of Atlanta.