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Colorado does not require a photo ID to vote in person.
Colorado does verify signatures on a mail-in ballot against its database of voter signatures, a process Georgia replaced with a new requirement for proof of identity.
Colorado prohibits people wearing campaign gear from handing out food and water to voters waiting in line; Georgia prohibits anyone from doing so.
It’s no surprise the baseball move was hit with criticism of its own.
The league’s decision to play the July 13 game in Denver, saying the Colorado Rockies team was already prepared to host the event, was met with claims suggesting that the league had chosen a state with voting restrictions similar to Georgia’s.
One tweet widely shared on Facebook stated:
"MLB is moving the allstar game to Colorado, which requires photo ID to vote in person, requires signature verification for mail in ballots (which Georgia got rid of), and prevents campaign workers from giving food/water to voters within 100 ft if they’re wearing campaign apparel."
The claim is partially accurate.
No, Colorado does not require a photo ID for registered voters to vote at the polls.
It requires some form of identification, but it can be things such as a birth certificate, a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government documents that do not contain photos.
In 2020, the vast majority of Colorado voters cast mail ballots.
If a signature on the ballot does not match the signature in the voter’s file, the county clerk notifies the voter so the voter can fix the discrepancy.
Yes, Colorado does prohibit certain people from giving water snacks and other items to folks waiting in line to vote. The restriction applies within 100 feet of a polling place to people who are campaigning, or are wearing anything promoting a candidate, political party or ballot measure.
But generally speaking, people are otherwise allowed to distribute those items.
In contrast, Georgia’s new law prohibits anyone — not just campaign workers — from giving out food or drink within 150 feet of a polling place or within 25 feet of any voter standing in line. Polling places can offer "self-service water from an unattended receptacle" to voters waiting in line.
A Facebook post says Colorado "requires photo ID to vote in person, requires signature verification for mail in ballots (which Georgia got rid of), and prevents campaign workers from giving food/water to voters within 100 ft if they’re wearing campaign apparel."
Colorado does not require a photo ID to vote in person, but it does verify signatures on mail-in ballots.
Colorado prohibits people wearing campaign gear from giving things to voters who are waiting in line, but Georgia prohibits anyone from doing so.
We rate the statement Half True.
Facebook post, April 6, 2021
Colorado Secretary of State, "Acceptable Forms of Identification," accessed April 7, 2021
Colorado Secretary of State, "Signature Verification Guide," Sept. 13, 2018
Colorado Secretary of State, news release, Oct. 7, 2020
Colorado Secretary of State, "Election Crimes, Rules, and Penalties FAQs," accessed April 7, 2021
Atlanta Journal Constitution, "How Georgia verifies signatures on absentee ballots," Nov. 19, 2020
PolitiFact, "What’s in Georgia’s new voting law that lost it the All-Star Game," April 7, 2021
Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Sweeping changes to Georgia elections signed into law," March 25, 2021
Colorado Sun, "Colorado election: How county clerks verify voter signatures on mail-in ballots," Oct. 9, 2020
FactCheck.org, "MLB All-Star Lineup: Colorado vs. Georgia," April 6, 2021
CNN, "Fact check: Republicans falsely equate Georgia and Colorado election laws," April 7, 2021
Georgia Secretary of State, "Georgia Voter Identification Requirements," accessed April 7, 2021
Snopes, "Does Colorado Require Photo ID To Vote In Person?", April 6, 2021
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