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To truly champion voting rights, MLB should have moved the All-Star Game to Washington, D.C.

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Major League Baseball made a strong political statement when it announced Friday that it would move this year’s All-Star Game out of Georgia in response to a new state law that restricts voting. It should have gone one step further and relocated the midsummer classic to the one American major-league city that is fighting to secure voting rights for its residents: Washington, D.C.

Moving the game to Denver was a missed opportunity. Unlike Georgia, where the Republican governor recently signed a law that will make it harder for residents to vote, particularly if they are African Americans in urban areas, the District of Columbia seeks the most basic of rights granted to citizens of each of the 50 states. That is the right to be fully represented with a voting member of the House of Representatives and two duly elected senators. 



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