Augusta National Chair Fred Ridley Comments on Georgia Legislation

Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley gave his thoughts about the controversial legislation that was recently passed in Georgia. 

His comments come a short time after Major League Baseball pulled the All-Star Game from the state. 

As GolfNewsRI reported, there were also calls for golfers to boycott The Masters.

“I don’t think my opinion on this legislation should shape the discussion. As I said in my previous comments, I believe and I’m confident everyone in this club believes, that voting is an essential and fundamental right in our society. Anything that disadvantages anyone to vote is wrong, and should be addressed,” said Ridley during his Masters Wednesday press conference.  

Fred Ridley

He continued, “I’m not going to speak to the specifics of the law, but I do know that I think there is a resolution and I think that resolution is going to be based on people working together and talking. That’s the way our democratic society works.”

Last week, the PGA Tour and PGA of America issued statements saying that they would not pull any of their events from the state. 

The Bill 

According to the 96-page bill, a requirement of a photo ID to vote absentee by mail would be needed. 

The bill also cuts down on the time period voters have to request an absentee ballot, and puts limits on where ballot drop boxes can be placed and when they can be accessed. 

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