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Obama congratulates MLB for 'taking a stand' against Georgia election law as Trump calls for boycott

April 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump have weighed in on Major League Baseball's decision to move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to Georgia's new sweeping election law that imposes significant new obstacles to voting.

(CNN)Former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump have weighed in on Major League Baseball's decision to move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to Georgia's new sweeping election law that imposes significant new obstacles to voting.

Obama on Saturday congratulated the league "for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens," following MLB's Friday announcement.

Opponents of the new election law say the legislation, and similar measures being considered in other states, amount to voter suppression efforts that will reduce minority voting.

The legislation, signed into law last month by Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, imposes voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, allows state officials to take over local elections boards, limits the use of ballot drop boxes and makes it a crime to give or offer voters food and drink as they wait in line to vote.

Georgia was key to President Joe Biden's victory over Trump in November, and Biden has called the bill "Jim Crow in the 21st Century" and "an atrocity. " On Wednesday, he told ESPN -- before the MLB made its decision -- that he would "strongly support" moving the game out of Atlanta.

With its Friday announcement, MLB said it still plans to honor baseball legend and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, who played for the Atlanta Braves, at the All-Star Game.

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