Cobb County

Gov. Kemp again defends voting law to business leaders after GA loses MLB All-Star game

Nearly two weeks after Major League Baseball announced it would move its All-Star Game because of Georgia’s controversial voting law, Gov. Brian Kemp faced Cobb County business leaders.

Kemp continued to defend that new election law and called MLB’s decision “misguided.”

“Despite outrage from those with a political agenda and their friends in the national media, we also passed a bill that makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” Kemp said, addressing the business leaders on Monday at their Chamber’s annual luncheon. “I want you to know that I spent the last two weeks on the road and in more than 60 interviews standing up for our business community and letting the world know just how bad a decision that was.”

But many in the business community have also expressed displeasure with that new law, including Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola.


“Our state legislature should make it easier, not harder for eligible voters to vote,” said Sen. Jon Ossoff.

He told Channel 2′s Richard Elliot that he remains highly critical of the new voting law and worries it could make companies looking to locate here go somewhere else instead.

“Unfortunately, when our state legislature pursues partisan agendas, passing restrictive election laws to make it harder for some people to vote, that drives investment away,” Ossoff said.

Kemp announced he would sign a new bill that provides tax credits to some defense manufacturers as well as medical device and pharmaceutical companies that he thinks will help Cobb County more than the All-Star Game would have.

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