Georgia AME Bishop Reginald T. Jackson issued a statement before the Sixth District of the AME Church rallied outside of the Augusta National Golf Club before the third round of golf’s first major.

“While you are displaying your golfing prowess, some of those who passed this suppressive legislation will be sipping expensive drinks and eating delectable foods while also seeking to deny to you their role in the chicanery and deception of passing SB 202,” the statement read. “They will say and hope you believe that what they did was to ensure election integrity and restore the confidence of people in the election process. What they won’t tell you is that SB 202 is based on a lie, what some call the “big lie.” That the election was stolen, that there was fraud, that ineligible people, dead people, and illegal immigrants voted.”

According to the Associated Press, about two dozen individuals protested outside the gates of Augusta National. The laws that were passed were based on the baseless allegations that Joe Biden fraudulently won Georgia during the 2020 Presidential Election.

“They also won’t tell you that the election results were recounted three times and that there was an audit, none of which changed the results, found fraud or any of their other claims,” the statement read. “Neither will they tell you that court case, after court case was thrown out because there was no credible evidence or the cases had no merit. If they had won, none of these bills would have been submitted. They wrote the very laws they have now changed. When the laws worked for them they were fine, when they worked against them they conspired in the lie and changed them. How ironic that the governor who in November and December said the election wasn’t stolen, that the election was fair, now signs the legislation and says it is to restore election integrity.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has long believed the nature of the state’s elections makes it easy to vote and harder to successfully cheat.

Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley played down the protests Wednesday, as he side-stepped the contentious issue.

“We realize that views and opinions on this law differ, and there have been calls for boycotts and other punitive measures,” Ridley said during his annual State of the Masters news conference Wednesday. “Unfortunately, those actions often impose the greatest burdens on the most vulnerable in our society.”

Senate Bill 202 replaces the signature match statute with voter ID requirements, shortens the absentee ballot request period starting 11-weeks before the elections and ending 11 days before the end of the primary, election, or runoff; tightens requirements for county elections supervisors, such as requiring them to have absentee ballots counted by 5 p.m. the day after elections, bans the use of mobile voting buses for early voting except in emergencies.

According to reporting by the Associated Press, The National Black Justice Coalition called for the Masters to be moved out of Georgia, but that was never a serious consideration. Augusta National controls every aspect of the tournament and would never think of it being played anywhere but its historic layout along Washington Road, one of the most famous golf courses in the world.

Four-time major champion, Rory McIlroy picked his words carefully.

“I’m not a citizen of this country, but I certainly think all great countries and democracies are built on equal voting rights and everyone being able to get to the ballot boxes as easily as possible,” he said.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Atlanta, about Major League Baseball's decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over the league's objection to a new Georgia voting law. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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