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Former President Obama on Saturday praised Major League Baseball for moving its All-Star Game out of Atlanta due to Georgia's new law curbing voting access.

What he's saying: "Congratulations to @MLB for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens," Obama tweeted. "There’s no better way for America’s pastime to honor the great Hank Aaron, who always led by example."

The big picture: The MLB commissioner announced the decision on Friday, saying the league "fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box."

  • Georgia's law, which passed in March, will disproportionately affect voters of color.
  • MLB's decision was applauded by players, rights groups and others.
  • But it was criticized by many Republicans, including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who said MLB "caved to fear and lies from liberal activists."
  • Former President Trump, meanwhile, called for a boycott of MLB over the move.

Go deeper: 108 more voting restriction bills introduced by states since mid-February

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Updated Apr 2, 2021 - Sports

MLB to move All-Star Game out of Atlanta over Georgia voting restrictions

General view of the Major League Baseball logo. Photo: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred announced Friday that the 2021 All-Star Game will be moved out of Atlanta due to Georgia's law curbing voting access, which will disproportionately affect people of color.

What they're saying: "Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box," Manfred said in a statement.

Trump calls for MLB boycott after All-Star Game moves out of Georgia

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Former President Trump late Friday night called for a boycott of Major League Baseball after the league's commissioner announced plans to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia due to the state's new law curbing voting access.

What he's saying: "Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans, and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections," Trump said in a statement.

Corporate America scrambles to get behind voting rights

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

It's not just Georgia: Corporate America is under growing pressure to put its muscle behind voting rights.

Why it matters: Big businesses have taken on a bigger role in social political issues, but got involved in Georgia's voting-rights fight too late to block it. And the fallout is raising the stakes for similar legislation in other states.