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All-Star ballots are at the ready for the fans at Coors Field. Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Major League Baseball's decision to move the All-Star Game to Denver from Atlanta after Georgia approved a law that makes it more difficult to vote is creating a firestorm of misinformation about Colorado's voting laws.

Reality check: There's little similarity between the states. Colorado has one of the most accessible systems in the nation and recorded the second-highest turnout rate among the voting eligible population in 2020.

  • Colorado's voter lD requirement is not as strict as Georgia's because our counties accept many different forms.
  • Georgia's early voting period is 17 days — two days longer than Colorado's. But Colorado sends mail ballots to every active registered voter 22 days before an election.

The big picture: The criticism overshadowed the celebration from state and local officials, who said the July 13 game would generate a $190 million local economic impact.

This story first appeared in the Axios Denver newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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Report: MLB relocating All-Star Game to Denver's Coors Field

A general view of the stadium as the Colorado Rockies takes on the San Diego Padres without fans in attendance during pandemic restroctions last August in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Major League Baseball is moving its 2021 All-Star Game to Denver's Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, on July 13, according to multiple reports Monday night.

Driving the news: After the MLB pulled the event from Atlanta over Georgia's new voting restrictions, a spokesperson for Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) said last Friday he would be "burning up the phones" to bring the game to Denver.

Atlanta's mayor on Georgia’s new voting law and its economic toll

Georgia businesses have come under boycott pressure from the right and the left, following last week's passage of a controversial new voting bill. Atlanta also lost Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, which will now take place in Denver.

Axios Re:cap digs into the consequences of this law for Georgia voters and locally-based businesses, and what other states can learn from the situation with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Atlanta mayor signs order against Georgia's voting law

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday issued an administrative order "to mitigate the impact of new voting restrictions imposed" by Georgia's recently enacted law curbing voting access.

Why it matters: Civil rights groups, Democrats and more than 100 businesses and CEOs have condemned the law.

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