White House press secretary Jen Psaki hailed Colorado's voting laws and said Georgia's election changes are "built on a lie" after Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver over objections to Georgia's new law. (April 6)
- 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 refer-- 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 application 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. There was no widespread fraud in the 2010 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-- 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, 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.