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A pair of jets from the 79th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, perform a fly-over before the home-opening baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Atlanta.

NEW YORK (AP/CNN/Meredith) — MLB is moving its All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to new voting restrictions, the organization announced in a press release Friday.

"I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year's All-Star Game and MLB draft," Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said in the statement. "...Fair access to voting continues to have our game's unwavering support."

The statement comes as businesses are under growing pressure to condemn legislation in Georgia, Texas, and other key states where Republican lawmakers are trying to clamp down on ballot access.

The Georgia bill signed into a law last week restricts the use of ballot dropboxes in parts of the state more heavily populated by Black Americans and makes it a crime to give food or water to voters standing in line at polls.

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