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Voting legislation could hit Peach State in the pocketbook

Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 11:14 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Georgia’s new voting law will have impacts across the state.

But those impacts could go beyond just casting votes.

That’s after new reactions to the bill by the sports and entertainment industries.

The National Black Justice Coalition wants the Masters Tournament pulled from Augusta National and wants players to refuse to play in Georgia until the law is repealed.

The group’s executive director says in part, “The PGA Tour and Masters Tournament have both made commitments to help diversify golf and address racial inequities in this country – and we expect them to not only speak out against Georgia’s new racist voter suppression law – but to also take action.”

A note: The Masters is not a PGA Tour event.

Over the weekend, the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association says they may consider moving the All-star Game out of Georgia because of the legislation.

The association’s executive director says they are not discussing relocating it currently but would be open to talks.

The game is scheduled to be at Truist Park in Atlanta this summer.

And a major film director says he’s now boycotting Georgia in response to the law.

James Mangold says he would not direct a film in the state while the law is in place.

Mangold is known for directing recent films like “Ford v. Ferrari” and “Logan.”

The 98-page measure that was signed into law Thursday by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp makes numerous changes to how elections will be administered, including a new photo ID requirement for voting absentee by mail.

Republican supporters say the law is needed to restore confidence in Georgia’s elections. Democrats say it will restrict voting access, especially for voters of color.

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