MLB Decision To Change All-Star Game Venue Viewed As Political Move

Colorado has the 2nd highest voting rate in the U.S.

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JIM BENEMANN: --moved the big game to Denver after a new voting law passed in Georgia. Well, on CBS This Morning, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell warned about the political fallout of switching cities.

MITCH MCCONNELL: --warning, if you will, to corporate America is to stay out of politics. It's not what you were designed for.

JIM BENEMANN: Companies joining Major League Baseball in condemning the Georgia voter law include American and Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola. CBS 4's Rick Sallinger shows us the All-Star game coming to Colorado means a state well known for making it easy for people to cast ballots.

RICK SALLINGER: Baseball may be a game, but the MLB action is clearly seen as a political statement on voting rights.

Georgia struck out, leaving Colorado the game winner. The Most Valuable Player award may go to this state's election laws. Senator John Hickenlooper says Colorado set the gold standard for voting.

JOHN HICKENLOOPER: Best of all, it was created by Republicans and Democrats all over the state. All the county clerks got together, the majority Republicans, and they said the more people vote, the better the world's going to be.

RICK SALLINGER: Enacted in 2013, Colorado mails ballots to all registered voters and has a huge 95% rate, which happens to be the second highest in the country. Former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican, helped implement the mail-in voting law.

WAYNE WILLIAMS: I'm not a fan of sports being involved in politics and breaking commitments, but I welcome, if they're going to move it, I welcome the All-Star game coming here.

RICK SALLINGER: Georgia's recently passed law expands early voting but shrinks the absentee voting window. It limits drop boxes and gives more control to state lawmakers, now a Republican majority.

Sports used to be merely a diversion. But more and more, it's finding itself smack dab in the middle of the political arena.

Rick Sallinger, covering Colorado first.

JIM BENEMANN: We know the homerun--