With the All-Star Game pulled from Atlanta to protest voting laws, what will be next?

April 5 – With news of Major League Baseball pulling the All-Star Game out of Atlanta as a response to the state’s new voting laws, questions have come up as to what the future of this country could be if private businesses start waging war on legislative actions.

Without the All-Star Game, $100 million in revenue will be lost in Georgia.

The new voting laws in Georgia were signed last week and include new identification requirements for absentee voting, limiting the use of drop boxes, granting more authority over elections to the legislature and making it a misdemeanor for groups to offer food or water to voters waiting in line near polling places.

Attorney Clint Barkdoll joined Pat Ryan and Michele Jansen on First News this morning to discuss the issue.

“This whole reform of the election law down there I think has been misreported,” Barkdoll said. “I think the president has misrepresented what’s going on.”

In a New York Time’s analysis, it reported that the new laws will actually increase voter turnout.

A number of points in the new law in Georgia are very consistent with what other states around the country are doing.

“It’s very unfortunate for businesses and people in Georgia that there’s an economic fallout coming from this law,” Barkdoll added. “They basically created solutions that have now created problems.”

Jansen pointed out, “The media lost their mind when President Trump lied about the number of people that showed up at his inauguration and yet this president tells these unbelievably damaging lies about this law and we hear nothing from the media. I think people need to go up against the MLB and tell them, ‘No you do not do this.’ This is economic terrorism against a state that doesn’t deserve it. This is dangerous. The private businesses doing this is the most dangerous thing happening.”

These boycotts cut both ways.

Donald Trump came out calling for people to boycott Coca Cola, Delta Air and Major League Baseball.

Georgia legislature is saying they will no longer serve Coca Cola in the Capitol offices.

So if Major League Baseball plans to hit the state of Georgia in the pocketbook, Georgia will hit right back.

“The real losers in a case like this become the people of Georgia,” Barkdoll said. “They need these industries. They need these companies.”

The most worrisome question of all:  where will it end?