Roger Goodell responds to internal questions about Georgia voting legislation

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Major League Baseball has supplanted the National Football League as the stick-to-sports centerpiece of the culture wars. The NFL surely isn’t clamoring to regain its crown.

But the new voting-rights legislation in Georgia has created plenty of questions regarding the league’s position. Falcons owner Arthur Blank issued a statement after the new law was signed. On Monday, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to league employees regarding the situation.

Excerpts were first posted by Mike Jones of USA Today. PFT has since obtained a full copy of the memo from Goodell. It reads, under the salutation “Dear Colleagues,” as follows:

“I know that a number of you have asked questions about the recent Georgia legislation regarding that state’s voting procedures.  Other states are considering voting-related legislation as well, and we can expect that these bills will continue to generate commentary and controversy, particularly in our current highly-charged political environment.

“We know that the right to vote is fundamental and at the core of our democracy.  We will always support that right and the NFL has done so in a comprehensive and thoughtful way.  Together with our players, and so many of you, the NFL and its 32 clubs showed true leadership through our NFL Votes initiative.  This program addressed voting in a non-partisan and meaningful way, through voter education, voter registration, and direct support of voting across the country.  We held more than 50 educational sessions on voting rights, and across the league, more than 90 percent of our players were registered to vote.  Clubs promoted NFL Votes in a variety of ways, including on their own NFL Votes sites, through on-field signage, and by participating in ad campaigns on both traditional and social media.  There were more than 400,000 unique visits to NFL and club voting sites. Nearly 160 million people saw one or more of our broadcast spots promoting voting — and even more people were reached through social media.  And on election day, tens of thousands of people cast their votes at 16 NFL stadiums, and clubs supported election workers and voters by providing PPE, meals, and transportation.

“Our commitment to the right to vote and to fair and transparent elections is unwavering and NFL Votes was not an initiative for just one election cycle.  We will continue this important work in upcoming elections and will actively support voters and the right to vote across the country, just as we did in 2020.  And through initiatives like NFL Votes and Inspire Change, we will continue to listen and learn, bring people together, and work to make our communities stronger and more equitable.

“We will also support the work of our clubs and players in local communities, where so many of these issues will be debated and decided.  In that respect, I want to share with you the statement that Arthur Blank and the Atlanta Falcons issued regarding the new law in Georgia.”

The memo does not specifically address any of the controversial provisions of the Georgia law. Blank’s statement said simply that “[w]e should be working to make voting easier, not harder” and that the organization has “conveyed that ideal directly to state officials in recent weeks.”

The memo does not address, and the league did not specifically respond to our inquiry regarding, the possibility of future league events (Super Bowl and draft) being staged in Georgia given the new voting-rights law. Reading between the lines, the league’s position seems to be that it won’t take specific action as to Georgia.

If the next Super Bowl or the next draft were due to happen in Georgia, the league would find itself in a much tougher spot. With no items on the docket, the league has refrained from making any broad statements on whether Georgia will be a suitable location moving forward. By the time the question becomes relevant, the national debate quite possibly will have moved on.

Nearly 30 years ago, the NFL removed a Super Bowl from Arizona due to the state’s refusal to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a paid holiday. Thus, the league is no stranger to taking a stand that would include not staging league events in a given jurisdiction.

It’s trickier for the league in 2021. Some fans are still complaining about protests during the anthem. The backlash currently being experienced by Major League Baseball undoubtedly would be directed at the NFL, if the NFL were to take a firm stand on the Georgia voting law.

Eventually, any effort to exclude Georgia from NFL events would open the door to the boomerangs that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is now ducking, including for example whether Manfred will drop his membership at Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters.

Goodell, like Manfred, is a member at Augusta.

128 responses to “Roger Goodell responds to internal questions about Georgia voting legislation

  1. The Falcons should not play in GA until this issue is resolved, its only right!

  2. I agree with strict voter laws that make an election secure such as Georgia is doing. As alot of poeple do. Thank you georgia for coming through. It is still painful when others that dont agree try to undermine the efforts we fight for in secure voting standards. There is nothing secure about a mial in ballot with no ID needed to who is submitting said ballot.

  3. Making it a crime for people to give food or water to people who wait in line to vote is the silliest new law yet in the 21st century. It is also the most cynical and inhumane.

  4. What controversies? Would I need an ID to get into both NFL and MLB corporate offices? What is wrong with needing one to use an absentee ballot? Early voting was expanded and it makes it more difficult to break the electioneering laws. Things that seem both logical and reasonable.

  5. MLB NFL NBA… Do yourselves a solid and stay OUT of politics. You only alienate your fanbase..whats left of it.

  6. Sports leagues and corporations need to stay out of politics,completely!! They constantly tell us not to bring politics to work because it can be divisive in that environment. Then they think they have the right to force their political opinion on us. Well this is a great example of why they should stay out of it!,
    They’ve removed an All Star game from a state that just wrote a bill that expands voting rights beyond most other states in this country. That is a fact! But they don’t know it because they didn’t read it,they just followed political talking points from Democrats and a President that earned four Pinocchio’s for lying about that bill. Corporations that bend in the wind have no business talking policy,it’s dangerous to this country.

  7. Hypocrites one and all. Why anyone cares about the opinions of public figures or anyone involved in government, in general, is beyond me. Everything today is a kneejerk reaction, and MSM giving slanted opinions, not facts. Not just on this issue, but very nearly every issue in America today. It’s all lip service and optics…The modern day tower of Babel.

  8. As a Canadian, all I can say is that your politics is going bonkers.

    Problem is 10% of the far right and 10% of the far left scream the loudest and dominate news wave because it generates a lot more views for CNN/Fox News. If you really want to fix things, the middle-of-the-road majority needs to tell both radical sides to grow up.

    But we know that won’t happen.

  9. Colorado has stricter voting laws than Georgia. It’s all an ignorant political stunt.

  10. Of course, there’s really nothing controversial about the Georgia election law. People keep saying it’s controversial without saying what’s actually controversial about it. And the sheep keep repeating it. It’s fun.

  11. On one hand, the new law mandates *one* drop box in every county. On the other hand, it allows the state election board to override county election offices and to replace local election officials when it doesn’t like the results. Good ideas on both sides, right???

    And it’s handily endorsed by our governor, who *oversaw his own election* three years ago. Just the absolute paragon of integrity and concern down here.

  12. californianewton says:
    April 6, 2021 at 10:57 am
    Making it a crime for people to give food or water to people who wait in line to vote is the silliest new law yet in the 21st century. It is also the most cynical and inhumane.

    ——

    Are you lying or ignorant? You’re from the failed state of Cali, so my guess is #2.

  13. californianewton says:
    April 6, 2021 at 10:57 am
    Making it a crime for people to give food or water to people who wait in line to vote is the silliest new law yet in the 21st century. It is also the most cynical and inhumane.

    ________

    Are people not capable of bringing a bottle of water and a granola bar on their own? Get over yourself.

  14. No one is suppressing anyone’s right to vote. People’ outrage, misguided outrage implies that a certain group of people are either too dumb or too lazy to go get an ID. You need an ID for literally everything else, but they have a problem with needing an ID to vote? That’s hilarious, and also highly questionable. It’s peculiar at best how much a certain side relies on the votes of non citizens

  15. Well, considering Georgia’s new laws are less restrictive
    than New York’s current laws, what’s with all the outrage?

  16. That bill does not expand voting rights, it makes it harder for minorities and other low income people to vote by restricting it to certain times, knowing that most of the low income people would be working during those times. It also takes away most of the early voting stations which will create absurd long lines, and then a crime to give people water while standing in those lines. If you can’t see what is taking place here you either are for it, or blind. Black and brown people came out in droves this past election and the legislators for these bills are trying to make sure that NEVER happens again.

  17. The right to vote in America is exclusive to legal, of age, Americans with a few other conditions. I can go on Google and find out the date of pretty much every election from local to federal for the next half century. Any legal citizen can obtain a government issued ID at any time. I genuinely don’t understand why this is such a big issue. Well, I do understand but that’s getting a little too far into the weeds.

  18. ID’s are required to pick up your tickets at the stadium, why shouldn’t they be required for something as important as voting?

  19. I stand with Georgia and the wild concept of fair elections. I read the entire bill. The fact that some are feigning “racism” and sounding the alarm for political gain; knowing the general public is uninformed and easy to manipulate, speaks to who they are as human beings.

  20. Will the NFL allow my kid to buy me beer? Or are they going to prejudge the age of a kid trying to purchase alcohol? If Blank doesn’t like it, he can take his team and get the blank out of Georgia and move the team to the President’s home state of Deleware which has more voting restrictions?

  21. They should read the contents of the bill before jumping to conclusions. Even with this bill Georgia is one of the easiest states to vote in. The next time I attend a game the team better not require an ID and make me go through a security check. This should not be a one way street….

  22. ID and signature verification are required to registered. I was out of the country one year and a misguided relative signed my ballot for me. I had to go speak to the county DA in person or risk criminal charges before the matter was dropped.

  23. californianewton says:
    April 6, 2021 at 10:57 am
    Making it a crime for people to give food or water to people who wait in line to vote is the silliest new law yet in the 21st century. It is also the most cynical and inhumane.

    If you got your news from any other source than CNN and the rest of the corporate media you’d realize that’s not the case. Within 150 of the polling place, candidates and their pollsters aren’t allowed to solicit votes by handing out water and food with their likeness plastered on it. The polls offer free water. Also, the drop boxes were never used in Georgia before this year. They are now allowed with the new law.

    Saying this affects minorities is saying those minorities are too stupid to get an ID. Identity politics. It’s all the dems have. It’s too bad the republicans are such pu$$ies or they would go on the offensive.

  24. Just because someone says something is controversial does not make it controversial. Maybe MLB and NFL wants to dictate what states do they should refund all public funds for stadiums.

  25. There wasn’t a need for theses new laws in the previous 28 years that Republicans won the state og Georgia. Why the sudden change now? Because they lost and are sore losers, so they make up ways to cheat.

  26. Or maybe people could study the actual written law, instead of blindly following the hysterical media narrative?

    We do live in a true idiocracy nowadays. Sad but true.

  27. californianewton says:
    April 6, 2021 at 10:57 am
    Making it a crime for people to give food or water to people who wait in line to vote is the silliest new law yet in the 21st century. It is also the most cynical and inhumane.

    —————————-
    It’s always been prohibited to give away gifts or other benefits to those waiting in line within a certain distance of the polls. They don’t want people giving away free tacos or donuts (or water) in exchange for voting a certain way. May states have the same laws. Try to do some research before you spout off ideas you know nothing about.

  28. MLB and the NFL has required my ID. My kid needed my driver’s license and another form of ID like passport or SS card, 2 recent bills showing our address, an application, a signed commitment of adhering to L.L. rules and code of conduct, and I needed to be fingerprinted and have a criminal check to be an assistant coach dad.

    The vote is a sacred right, and we have to make sure the people voting are who they say.

  29. Make voting easier?

    Idk it is pretty easy already. If you can’t figure it out, that would scare me more than anything the government would do

  30. I am all for the ID part – makes sense. In Canada, you show up, show your ID and vote. Takes maybe 30 minutes maximum – usually 10 or 15. Some of the other things in this bill and part of the original bill that didn’t get in were clearly targeting people of colour. If you support that, then the only excuse is you don’t want it to be fair for everyone.

    Though the law is less stringent than the initial iterations of the bill, it introduces a raft of new restrictions for voting and elections in the state, including limiting drop boxes, stripping the secretary of state of some of his authority, imposing new oversight of county election boards, restricting who can vote with provisional ballots, and making it a crime to offer food or water to voters waiting in lines. The law also requires runoff elections to be held four weeks after the original vote, instead of the current nine weeks.

    The law does not include some of the harshest restrictions that had been proposed, like a ban on Sunday voting that was seen as an attempt to curtail the role of Black churches in driving turnout. And the legislation now, in fact, expands early voting options in some areas. No-excuse absentee voting, in which voters do not have to provide a rationale for casting a ballot by mail, also remains in place, though it will now entail new restrictions such as providing a state-issued identification card.

  31. Voting Laws in New York State (home of the NFL and MLB Headquarters) are more strict than what Georgia has just passed. If the MLB wants to get serious they better relocate their corporate Offices and make sure that no All Star Game or other functions take place in the Big Apple. Fair is fair

  32. “Making it a crime for people to give food or water to people who wait in line to vote is the silliest new law yet in the 21st century. It is also the most cynical and inhumane.”

    Have you read the law; do you understand the law; do you understand English? The law ensures that there is no “politicking” going on while people are in line to vote. It precludes the ability for ANY biased group to try and influence people by providing them anything while waiting in line to vote. It does allow self-serve water stations for those who must have a drink in the 10-20 minutes they are in line. Your comment is silly!

  33. californianewton

    Making it a crime for people to give food or water to people who wait in line to vote is the silliest new law yet in the 21st century. It is also the most cynical and inhumane

    ////

    Wait, where did they make giving people food a crime. If you read it, it actually doesn’t do that at all, it just designates how far away it should be…. so you can get water and food if you want. It just says 100 feet. Like seriously. Read the bill. Please

  34. baffles me that we are STILL looking to corporations that exist solely for profit for guidance on how to fix to society. Newsflash: these leagues, companies, billionaires, etc

  35. Discussion and debate are part of what made this the greatest country in the world. We exchange ideas and compromise on what is best for all Americans. Right now only one side and one point of view is allowed to be spoken out loud. That is communism not democracy.

  36. Canada and Mexico require ID’S to vote…. I’m not sure why there is so much outage here. Drive a car, buy a beer, fly one plane, pick up your tickets at willcall…. and vote

  37. “There is nothing secure about a mial in ballot with no ID needed to who is submitting said ballot.”
    ————————————
    The former president voted by mail-in.

  38. phinjunky1985 says:
    April 6, 2021 at 11:01 am
    Sports leagues and corporations need to stay out of politics,completely!! They constantly tell us not to bring politics to work because it can be divisive in that environment. Then they think they have the right to force their political opinion on us. Well this is a great example of why they should stay out of it!,
    They’ve removed an All Star game from a state that just wrote a bill that expands voting rights beyond most other states in this country. That is a fact! But they don’t know it because they didn’t read it,they just followed political talking points from Democrats and a President that earned four Pinocchio’s for lying about that bill. Corporations that bend in the wind have no business talking policy,it’s dangerous to this country.

    WELL SAID!

  39. It baffles me that we are still looking to for profit institutions for answers on how to fix societies. Newsflash: the sporting leagues, corporations, billionaires, etc DO. NOT. CARE. Social justice caught traction because there is a buck in it, plain and simple. Stop asking Roger Goodell, Arthur Blank, Lebron James, Lady Gaga, and all these other puppets to speak up on these things. Petition your friends, relatives, LOCAL politicians etc on how to move forward. Corporate America does not give a toss about your voting rights.

  40. I love when big business gives people a reason not to watch. Is it more racist to say that you need an ID to vote or that you’re too dumb to get an ID?

  41. It should be federal law to show your I.D. to vote. There is nothing racist about Georgia’s new voting law.

  42. “I agree with strict voter laws that make an election secure such as Georgia is doing. As alot of poeple do. Thank you georgia for coming through. It is still painful when others that dont agree try to undermine the efforts we fight for in secure voting standards. There is nothing secure about a mial in ballot with no ID needed to who is submitting said ballot”.

    BS…it’s been done in Oregon for years…they know exactly who’s voting…educate yourself, don’t just take someones word for it…PS, the vote in Georgia WAS secure, as evidenced by several re-counts…

  43. californianewton says:
    April 6, 2021 at 10:57 am
    Making it a crime for people to give food or water to people who wait in line to vote is the silliest new law yet in the 21st century. It is also the most cynical and inhumane.

    ——————-

    Electioneering within 150 ft of the polls is illegal in every state. If you want to set up a lemonade stand 151 ft away, then have at it. I hardly think 150 ft–50 yards–of no one offering water/food handouts is “cynical and inhumane”. Read the law before you comment!

  44. Everyone of age should get to vote once of their own volition.
    Ballots, being secret, by nature open the door to abuse.
    Laws to ensure one person one vote can seem restrictive but are necessary. They should be accompanied by access aids. The Georgia ban on serving water to those in line is an example of why we are where we are.

  45. It does allow self-serve water stations for those who must have a drink in the 10-20 minutes they are in line.

    In Fulton County and other metro counties, some voters waited 6 to 8 hours in line. In 2020. No one is handing out water or pizza to people waiting in short lines. Thanks for the advice, through.

  46. This is what happens when politicians lie and make an issue out of certain events. Democrats are lying about this law, aided and abetted by the media, while even most people in Georgia, including Democrats, understand the new law and don’t have a problem with it. MLB is being hypocritical but the point is, politicians are just flat-out screwing up life as we know it. Sports should not be involved in politics and politicians should not be involved in sports. The past few years have heightened my already gargantuan dislike for politicians.

  47. “The backlash currently being experienced by Major League Baseball undoubtedly would be directed at the NFL, if the NFL were to take a firm stand on the Georgia voting law.”

    The backlash MLB is receiving is from the people seeking to prevent Blacks and other minorities from voting.

  48. eyestrike11 says:
    April 6, 2021 at 11:28 am
    “There is nothing secure about a mial in ballot with no ID needed to who is submitting said ballot.”
    ————————————
    The former president voted by mail-in.
    ______________________________________________
    There is a difference between absentee ballots that are requested by and individual registered voter and blasting blank ballots to thousands of people and hoping no fraud takes place.

  49. You guys are missing the picture. You can have a stricter ID Law. The problem is this is a Red state. If there happens to be any winners from the Blue party then the Red party can and will suspend the Secretary of State from certifying the results. Then they can pick and choose a winner, by claiming fraud. That is the problem!!!!! They didn’t like the results last time and Trump try to force the Sec. of State to over turn it. We heard the tape.

  50. “People’ outrage, misguided outrage…”

    are the same people who lost the 2 run-off elections…can’t win because we have either no ideas or bad ideas, change the rules instead of what you stand for…LAME

  51. ktoast says:
    April 6, 2021 at 11:29 am
    It baffles me that we are still looking to for profit institutions for answers on how to fix societies. Newsflash: the sporting leagues, corporations, billionaires, etc DO. NOT. CARE. Social justice caught traction because there is a buck in it, plain and simple. Stop asking Roger Goodell, Arthur Blank, Lebron James, Lady Gaga, and all these other puppets to speak up on these things. Petition your friends, relatives, LOCAL politicians etc on how to move forward. Corporate America does not give a toss about your voting rights.

    ______________

    I wish we could use GIFs on here. This is perfect for the “close up, I’m proud of you and agree with you” GIF

  52. “There is nothing secure about a mial in ballot with no ID needed to who is submitting said ballot.”
    ————————————
    The former president voted by mail-in.

    ____________

    No. He voted absentee which you have to request and leaves a paper trail. Mail-in is completely different and in many states were mass-mailed out. Stop watching MSNBC

  53. Trump lost. Then so did David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Fair and square. So now the GOP is crying foul.

  54. Anthony Vogt says:
    April 6, 2021 at 11:01 am
    MLB NFL NBA… Do yourselves a solid and stay OUT of politics. You only alienate your fanbase..whats left of it.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Nope. They’ll whine and cry and even stomp their little feet, but they won’t go anywhere.

  55. “They’ve removed an All Star game from a state that just wrote a bill that expands voting rights beyond most other states in this country. That is a fact!”

    Your statement is categorically untrue. The Georgia law reduces the number of days and hours available for voting, severally reduces the availability of drop boxes, and limits the availability for absentee voting. If the Georgia governor and legislature had truly wanted to expand voting rights, they would have increased the availability of all the above.

  56. Colorado has a Voter ID Law, so does Georgia.

    MLB moved their All Star Game to Colorado.

    Delaware has NO Early Voting, Georgia has 17 days of Early Voting.

    President Biden is from Delaware.

    In Georgia a person can vote absentee without an “excuse” as to why they won’t be able to vote on Election Day. In New York and Delaware, a person must submit a “valid” excuse in order to absentee vote.

    MLB and the NFL are Headquartered in New York.

  57. The ID thing is a red-herring and a lazy take likely based on political affiliation. Read the entire legislation — removing remote ballot boxes in more populated areas, eliminating voting centers, not allowing water for those waiting in line, etc. Many of the provisions make it harder to vote in urban areas — that’s racist plain and simple. Blacks finally got out to vote and apparently the good old boys in Georgia don’t like it.

  58. So let me get this straight , it’s safe and secure to send Government checks , Social Security cards , credit cards , Government issued ID along with many other important documents but it’s not safe for absentee ballots . Contrary to the narrative this isn’t about ID it’s about access to absentee ballots along with creating needless roadblocks to discourage people from voting . Just a reminder folks there’s more then “Fox Opinion Not facts or News channel” availible if you want facts not propaganda .

  59. Republicans lost close elections in Georgia. And they cried voter fraud. And then they recounted 3 times and then they filed lawsuits. And no fraud was ever found. Georgia Republicans now change the rules with the specific intent of suppressing the vote and voters. Don’t tell me it’s not about racism, MLB knows NFL knows, we all know. Which side are you on? Is the only question to be asked.

  60. India has 1.3 Billion people.

    In there national elections, everyone must place their thumb on an
    identical scanner, (proving who they are, and ensuring only one vote)

    They have their election results within a few hours after the polls close.

    What are we doing wrong?

  61. The lies told by these social engineers about Georgia’s law would have surprised me only if I hadn’t already watched them turn Colin Kaepernick, a guy with all the street cred of Mr. Rogers, into some sort of MLK style martyr. It’s all about the money, 100%.

  62. This has nothing to do with IDs and everything to do with suppressing votes. They reduce the number of locations African Americans can vote at, reduce the days they can do early voting on eliminating Sunday, they have sent far fewer voting machines to African American districts and the lines were often 8-10 hours of waiting and then they make it a crime to give people waiting so long food or water.

    If you’re defending the blatant attempts to remove the vote from African Americans you don’t believe in democracy. When you suppress their votes you suppress democracy and help support GOP fascism. The people waving the confederate flags and who have swastika tatoos are not voting for Dems. Those same people don’t believe African Americans should get to vote and are doing everything possible to prevent them from doing so

  63. “It does allow self-serve water stations for those who must have a drink in the 10-20 minutes they are in line. Your comment is silly!”

    10-20 minutes? In many places minorities are forced to wait several hours to vote. Besides, why are people having to wait in line to begin with? There should be enough polling places for everyone to be able to quickly vote. There should ample access to early voting, drop boxes, and absentee balloting so that people do not have to wait in line.

  64. There is a huge difference between unsolicited ballot by mail and absentee ballots. If you don’t know that distinction then don’t try to debate it, it only makes your argument a fools errand. To equate the two methods of voting indicates a dangerous level of ignorance in a representative republic.

  65. Do we really want the policies that govern all in this country to be decided by the laziest, lowest IQ voters out there whose votes are mined by a political party who who knows their idoeology can’t be debated in a public forum, so instead they mine votes for power?

  66. purpleguy… I suggest you read it also, it does not allowing water in the lines it just prevent a 3rd party from handing out water or food or anything else. The local election officials still can do that. I am sure this was done because let’s say someone wants to give away free tv to people who come down to vote. Under this provision they can’t do that. The voting law expends many aspects of the voting also but all I ever hear is people comment on the same ones. As far as restricting boxes I think it is directed toward certified boxes that are monitored. So as you kind of point out this is not as easy as it appears but it does allow people to overreact and take stances without really even knowing what they are talking about. The entire bill was 100 pages long. Did anyone read it here. My guess is no.

  67. There is a difference between absentee ballots that are requested by and individual registered voter and blasting blank ballots to thousands of people and hoping no fraud takes place.

    No *ballots* were mailed to anyone who didn’t first apply for one through their secretary of state’s office and gain approval to get one. Ballot applications are not the same as ballots.

  68. I believe in democracy and that sub-groups of voters should not be chosen for a more or less difficult voting experience. If we want to improve the election process, stopping outside interference from China and Russia is essential and should be where the focus is

  69. wowwow says:
    April 6, 2021 at 11:37 am
    eyestrike11 says:
    April 6, 2021 at 11:28 am
    “There is nothing secure about a mial in ballot with no ID needed to who is submitting said ballot.”
    ————————————
    The former president voted by mail-in.
    ______________________________________________
    There is a difference between absentee ballots that are requested by and individual registered voter and blasting blank ballots to thousands of people and hoping no fraud takes place.
    __________________

    How do you think most absentee ballots are turned in? By mail of course. And no state requires that you submit an ID in order to receive an absentee ballot. Do really think people go for a week without their drivers license while waiting for their ballot to arrive?

    Georgia did not “blast out blank ballots”. There was no fraud that occurred in Georgia or anywhere else. This was proven by the multiple audits, recounts, certifications, and the dismissal of over 60 lawsuits.

  70. The mlb commissioner has a membership at Augusta national. Is he going to give that up? Nope.

  71. “Delaware has NO Early Voting, Georgia has 17 days of Early Voting.”

    Completely false. The new Georgia law only provides for two Saturdays of early voting, only at a few locations (none in minority neighborhoods) and only from 9am to 5pm.

    “In Georgia a person can vote absentee without an “excuse” as to why they won’t be able to vote on Election Day.”

    Again, absolutely untrue. The new Georgia law requires that a valid reason be stated to receive an absentee ballot and severely limits the number of said reasons.

  72. Voting should be easy, in person and by proving who you are. Just like tons of other things I do. Funny MLB moved to Denver where you have to show ID to vote.

  73. ghjjf says:
    April 6, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Does this new law prevent anyone who should be able to vote from being able to vote?

    No it does not!
    Has anyone actually read the new law? Read and you will see they made it better. Man oh man!

    To summarize here is the GA Voting law:

    • Adds two Saturdays to early voting.
    • Gives counties the option to add two Sundays to early voting.
    • Requires an id number and birth date on absentee ballots.You can get a free id in GA.
    • Makes Drop boxes legal. If they did not do this after the state emergency in GA was lifted, then the boxes would go away.
    • Requires additional machines and voting sites if lines get longer than 30 minutes.
    • Prevents activist groups from giving food and water with Democrat or Republican campaign logos.
    • Allows voting sites to set up water areas for voters.
    • Allows food trucks to be set up 151 feet away from the voting site.
    • Allows Absentee ballots to be counted before election day.
    • Prevents poll workers from going home until all the votes are counted on election day.
    • Makes ballot harvesting illegal.
    • Makes mass mailing of filled out absentee ballots’ applications illegal.
    • Allows the state of GA to take over local election boards who are showing they are massively failing at running an election. That is the new GA voting law.

    So I don’t see the big deal here.

  74. There’s no ambiguity about this. Georgia’s elections have been lawful, accurate, and free from problems.

    There is one and only one reason for this law: Elected Republicans in Georgia don’t like who is legally voting, and they want to make it harder for them. They want to engineer an artificial majority in a state where the legal voting trends are turning against them, and once they turn a bit further, may turn against them for good.

    This isn’t about the minutiae of voter fraud. That’s a red herring, plain and simple.

    This is about creating obstacles for groups of people who tend to vote Democratic. It’s an affront to democracy and anyone who can support that is an opponent of freedom and liberty.

  75. Anthony Vogt says:
    April 6, 2021 at 11:01 am
    MLB NFL NBA… Do yourselves a solid and stay OUT of politics. You only alienate your fanbase..whats left of it.

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    About as Un-America as it gets right there folks.

    Politics is only for politicians?

    Opinions are only for those who agree with you?

  76. Am I in favor of an ID when voting? Yes.

    But I think the timing and the context of these new voting laws matter, just as much as what’s in the law. Would these laws have been introduced / passed if Trump won? Probably not. Was their widespread voting fraud that would necessitate new laws? Nope. Thus people look at these laws as manner to boost the prospects of Republicans and ultimately reduce the number of people voting in general, hence the backlash to somewhat “common sense” voting laws.

  77. “The memo does not specifically address any of the controversial provisions of the Georgia law.”

    That is correct, just like 98% of the media reports about the “controversial” law.

  78. I hope these states don’t give in to this blackmail that these professional sports are trying to pull.

    ID’s to vote should have always been a requirement. Democrats are pissed because maybe they can no longer win fraudulent elections.

    I hope more states do the same.

  79. Georgia Republicans want to make sure that state never goes blue again. I guess this is one way of doing it.

  80. We are ALWAYS told that our “rights” can have restrictions. Well………………….

  81. And MLB moves the All-Star game to a very white state with even more restrictive voting laws than Georgia. Makes you wonder what is really at play here

  82. “Do we really want the policies that govern all in this country to be decided by the laziest, lowest IQ voters out there…?”

    Glad you agree that MAGAbilles should not be allowed to vote.

  83. “We know that the right to vote is fundamental and at the core of our democracy. ”

    Who’s democracy are you talking about. We don’t live in a democracy, it is suppose to be a democratic republic but your system is so outdated we don’t even know better.

  84. The voting was already deemed secure, so why the new changes? You are not fooling anyone. Can’t bring water to someone in line because you may influence their vote. But no water and you are totally fine to influence? Republican leaders are becoming the joke that they are. You will be so ashamed when history looks back on you.

  85. When you can’t win votes with your ideas then you need to try other tactics.

  86. On one hand, the new law mandates *one* drop box in every county. On the other hand, it allows the state election board to override county election offices and to replace local election officials when it doesn’t like the results. Good ideas on both sides, right???

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    Please educate yourself. There is not a limit to one drop box per county. It is based on the county population.

    The state can step in if the county is not getting their job done in a timely manner. You know, actually counting votes as the are cast we we are not waiting weeks on final results.

  87. californianewton says:
    April 6, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Making it a crime for people to give food or water to people who wait in line to vote is the silliest new law yet in the 21st century. It is also the most cynical and inhumane.
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    I thought the same thing after all of the news headlines said the law made it illegal to hand out food and drink to voters waiting in line. Then I actually read the law and that’s not what it does at all. It makes it illegal for PARTISANS to hand out food and drink, NOT election workers. There is a huge difference there and keeping partisans out of the lines should actually be viewed as a positive.

  88. That bill does not expand voting rights, it makes it harder for minorities and other low income people to vote by restricting it to certain times, knowing that most of the low income people would be working during those times. It also takes away most of the early voting stations which will create absurd long lines, and then a crime to give people water while standing in those lines. If you can’t see what is taking place here you either are for it, or blind. Black and brown people came out in droves this past election and the legislators for these bills are trying to make sure that NEVER happens again.

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    Wrong again. The number of early voting days were extended and include extended voting times. The standard voting days were shortened so the counties actually have time to count votes at the end of each day.

  89. Marima007 says:

    Read.The.Bill.

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    It’s absolutely ridiculous that people have actually given this comment a thumbs down. Ignorance is truly bliss.

  90. The solution is simple: vote by mail. 5 states do it successfully, without issue. Massive fraud voting by mail is fake news. Signatures are checked, voters rolls are checked. Problem solved.

  91. Thanks for your support for the ‘No ID’ movement, Roger.

    Can’t wait to go backstage at the NFL draft and also to pick up my 50 yd line tickets at Will Call this fall.

  92. It’s obvious very few people even read what was passed. Georgia still will be one of the easiest states to vote in…

  93. Don’t wanna be an American Idiot…one nation controlled by the media. The information age of hysteria, is going out to Idiot America.

  94. Mail in ballots should be banned entirely. Too much of a chance for fraud. I have to show an ID when I pick up my tickets at the window, so why should I not have to show it to vote?

  95. you want to win elections? Have ideas and policies that the majority of people want and support…GA flipped and TX is on deck…

  96. There is ZERO fraud statistically speaking. Out of millions of votes cast the percentage of problematic votes is: 0.00002%. In total, 1200 votes across the country have been questioned.
    Every single claim by Trump’s attorney, in suits brought before justices was thrown out for lack of evidence, and having NO MERIT.
    Trump’s attorney, in court, stated that her claims of voter fraud “would not be believed by any reasonable person.” In short, she was lying the whole time.
    Claims about “voter fraud” are themselves fraudulent and intended to alarm and mislead….to give pretext for making voting more difficult, rather than easier.

    “The Simple Fact Is That the Republican Party Has Been the Party of Voter Suppression Since the 1960s”
    The party is dedicated to the proposition that not all citizens are equal under the law and, therefore, that some deserve to have little or no say in how those laws are made.

  97. The Falcons just got a home game moved overseas. Next should be no Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, or draft held in a state that passes these kinds of laws.

  98. donterrelli says:
    April 6, 2021 at 11:02 am
    Colorado has stricter voting laws than Georgia. It’s all an ignorant political stunt.
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    This statement is factually incorrect. CO has same day registration, it mails a ballot to each active voter 22 days before the election and let’s them drop it off at a number of places. In GA they are barred from mailing ballots automatically. In 2020 election 198,645 Coloradans voted in person versus more than 2.7 million Georgians. It’s way way way more easy to vote in CO than in GA. The political stunt is easy to deduce.

  99. You know the country is in trouble when Pinocchio is being cited as an arbiter of truth.

  100. You all make me laugh.

    So many of you talking out of your hindquarters with the arrogance and surety of a federal judge…

    Republicans are passing laws in search of a non-existent problem.

    Fear is the mind-killer and the conservative movement in this country is brain dead.

  101. I suspected that PFT was infested with some trolls and bots, but had no idea how many! Georgia’s new voting law is 98 pages. I wonder if ANY of these genius commenters have read it? I have no problem with several provisions — such as requiring an ID to vote either in person or by absentee, or in having a voter actually request an absentee ballot rather than officials mailing out ballots to the last known address of all previously registered voters. But, there are numerous examples in the law where voting is made more difficult — especially for older voters (like me!). For example, cutting the number of drop-boxes from 94 to 23 and not providing 24 hour access — which means they will have to be mailed in and, based on the woeful performance of the USPS, many ballots will not be processed in time. Of course, the most ridiculous provision is the one which bars anyone except an election worker from providing food or water to voters waiting in line — and some of the voter lines were almost as long as the Covid testing and vaccination lines! Also, new limits on early voting which make it difficult, if not impossible, for persons with a normal 8-5 workday to vote early.

  102. This bill has almost nothing to do with voter ID. The restrictions limiting the drop boxes, polling places, and ability to get people registered easily is the con here. Plenty of red states have expansive mail in voting btw. Would be hard for Republicans to keep Florida without high ‘turout’ from elderly voters who rely on mail in ballots

  103. THe Republicans in charge of voting in Georgia have testified that there was NO FRAUD.

    These new laws are notto stop fraud, because therewas NONE.

    These new laws are to make it hard or difficult for Blacks and other Democrats to vote.

  104. A more important question than concerns about Augustus membership is whether MLB and NFL will continue to do business with a country presently committing genocide. It’s one thing to virtue signal when it doesn’t cost any money. It’s a whole other barrel of fish when taking a real moral stance takes money out of your pocket.

  105. usa98j30t4 says:
    April 6, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    I hope these states don’t give in to this blackmail that these professional sports are trying to pull.

    ID’s to vote should have always been a requirement. Democrats are pissed because maybe they can no longer win fraudulent elections.

    I hope more states do the same.

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    Can you point us to one of these fraudulent elections? We’ve been waiting for months….

    We all know why these laws changed. Georgia changed and white republicans can’t stand it.

  106. You guys are funny. Trying to nitpick this law into something that makes sense when we all know what is going. Yeah, hugs and kisses with police at the capitol riot. Rodney King did not his ass beat by LA cops and George Floyd deserved what he got for a fake bill that ended up being real. Get real with yourself and admit who and what you are instead of trying to explain it

  107. As a kid, I couldn’t wait until I could get my license. To get into R movies and eventually to buy beer. I have carried my ID with me every day since I was 16, that was 40 years ago

  108. My son has been very seriously ill in the hospital since September. When we go see him, we have to show our license at the front desk and they make a badge with our picture from it which we stick on our chest.
    It’s no big deal and no one has a problem with it.
    I have the read the new law in Georgia and I see nothing what so ever that can be seen as racist in it. What I do see in it is an attempt at making the chances of voter fraud less. To me, that’s a good thing.
    I wish someone would explain to me how this law is racist because I just don’t see it.

  109. radar8 says:
    April 6, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    THe Republicans in charge of voting in Georgia have testified that there was NO FRAUD.

    These new laws are notto stop fraud, because therewas NONE.

    These new laws are to make it hard or difficult for Blacks and other Democrats to vote.

    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    How?????? Explain to me how, please.

  110. So we are going to have to have a “vaccine passport” to go anywhere and do anything in the post-COVID world. But it’s apparently an atrocity, racism, and a crime against humanity to demand ID at the voting booth?

  111. Following the threads, and discussions on this here is like reading a transcript to One Flew Over the Coo Coos Nest.

  112. donterrelli says:
    April 6, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Colorado has stricter voting laws than Georgia. It’s all an ignorant political stunt.

    * * * * *

    This latest GOPer talking point is a lie. Why lie? Does the truth not help? Or is it inexcusable ignorance? Hmmm . . . .

    99.3% of Colorado voting is done by mail. Which is why they get by with 15 in person voting days, which is shorter than Georgia’s 17, in a state that just made mail in voting harder to execute, and less convenient.

    Colorado has same day voter registration. It has no photo ID requirement. Every registered voter in Colorado gets mailed a ballot without having to file a request, then wait until the ballot comes. Colorado has one drop box per 9,400 voters, which are available 24 hours a day. Georgia is limiting drop boxes to one for every 100,000 voters. Meaning Georgia will have 1/10th the number of drop boxes per capita, and you can only use them during office hours in a state building.

    So anyone who says Colorado has more restrictive voting laws then Georgia is either lying, or ignorant.

  113. Thank you Georgia for coming through in the last election. Unless this can get straightened out through the courts, a repeat will be more difficult. On the face of it, restricting voting rights is unconstitutional and defeatable.
    As to nfl involvement, I think they do pretty well and their current path is ok under the circumstances.

  114. Thanks for bringing politics into football again. The smart people used to greatly out number the stupid in this country. That is changing fast.

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