Georgia voting law 'built on a lie' -White House

"The Georgia legislation is build on a lie," Psaki told reporters.

She said that Republican lawmakers' claims that a new measure would curb voting fraud flew in the face of the facts.

"There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election," she said. "What there was, however, was record-setting turnout, especially by voters of color."

Democrats won two Georgia runoff races for the U.S. Senate, thanks in part to a surge of African-Americans taking advantage of early voting rules.

Psaki said that reality is what drove Georgia Republicans to change voting laws.

"For politicians who didn't like the outcome, they're not changing their policies to win more votes. They're changing the rules to exclude more voters," she said.

Psaki's comments came in response to a question about the decision by Major League Baseball to move its annual All-Star Game from Georgia to Colorado.

Professional baseball and other large U.S. corporations, including Coca-Cola and Delta have criticized Georgia's election law.

Video Transcript

- Is the White House concerned that Major League Baseball is moving their All-Star Game to Colorado, where voting regulations are very similar to Georgia?

JEN PSAKI: Well, let me just refute the first point you made. First, let me say on Colorado, Colorado allows you to register on Election Day. Colorado has voting by mail, where they send to 100% of people in the state who are eligible applications to vote by mail. 94% of people in Colorado voted by mail in the 2020 election. And they also allow for a range of materials to provide, even if they vote on Election Day, for the limited number of people who vote on Election Day.

I think it's important to remember the context here. The Georgia legislation is built on a lie. It's there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Georgia's top Republican election officials have acknowledged that repeatedly in interviews. And what there was, however, was record-setting turnout, especially by voters of color.

So instead, what we're seeing here is for politicians who didn't like the outcome, they're not changing their policies to win more votes. They're changing the rules to exclude more voters. And we certainly see the circumstances as different.

- And one--

JEN PSAKI: But ultimately-- sorry, let me add one more thing-- it's up to Major League Baseball to determine where they're holding their All-Star Game.

- OK.