MLB moves All-Star Game from Atlanta over new law

US Major League Baseball has removed this year's All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia, following an outcry over the state's new voting law.

The decision comes after the legislation was passed last month strengthening identification requirements for early ballots.

Critics say the law will restrict voting access of African Americans and other minority people who are less likely to hold a driver's license or other ID cards issued by the government due to economic reasons.

Those minority residents account for about one-third of the state's population.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement on Friday that the league "fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box."

He said the decision was "the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport," and was made after consultation with teams, former and current players, the MLB Players Association and the Players Alliance, among others.

He said a new host city for the All-Star Game will be announced shortly.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who will manage the National League at the All-Star Game, earlier said that he may not take on the role if it remained in Atlanta.