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Senate Majority Leader and New York Sen. Charles Schumer attempted to make himself look like a hero but made himself and his state look ridiculous.
The 70-year-old senator used the controversy over the new Georgia election laws and the subsequent decision by Major League Baseball to move its annual All-Star Game from Georgia to invite them to play the game in New York.
There is just one issue with that. Even the liberal state of New York has fewer early voting days than Georgia does and offers similar restrictions of giving food and water to people waiting in line to vote, The Daily Mail reported.
“Racist voter suppression laws are now hurting Georgia’s voters AND its economy. Georgia Republicans should be ashamed,” the New York Democrat, said in a tweet on Saturday after MLB announced it move the game from Atlanta.
“We would welcome @MLB to come to come play the All-Star Game in New York where we are working to make it easier, not harder, to vote,” he said.
But Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said that New York has more restrictive voting laws than Georgia does. “It’s easier to vote in Georgia than it is in New York,” he said.
“In New York they have 10 days of early voting. In Georgia we have a minimum of 17, with two additional Sundays that are optional for all counties in our state,” he said at a press conference on Saturday.
“In New York you have to have an excuse to vote by absentee. In Georgia you can vote by absentee for any reason, and you can do it securely,” he said.
Georgia’s new voting laws have come under fierce criticism from detractors who say they will limit the ability of non-white voters to cast their ballot.
A key provision of the new law requires voters to provide a state ID number on their absentee ballot, which defenders of the law say will limit voting fraud.
Three other states – Kansas, Minnesota and Ohio – require some form of ID for absentee ballots. Many states require a driver’s license or other ID to register to vote or to vote in person.
The new Georgia law also prohibits political groups from handing out food or water to voters who are waiting in line in the polls, a provision that President Joe Biden described as cruel and likened to ‘Jim Crow on steroids’.
New York law prohibits the distribution of food or water at the polls, unless it is valued at less than $1 and those handing it out don’t identify their affiliation, has a maximum of 10 days early voting requires an excuse for requesting an absentee ballot and requires a signature on absentee ballots.
Georgia’s new law New Georgia law prohibits political groups from handing out food or water to voters who are waiting in line at the polls, has a minimum of 17 days early voting, provides absentee ballots for any reason and requires a State ID number on absentee ballots.
It would appear that the sticking point for Democrats, Major League Baseball and major corporations is that people provide identification to prove that they are an eligible voter.
The decision cause Donald Trump to call for a boycott of Major League Baseball.
“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. Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!” Trump said in an email to supporters.