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Paper MLB All-Star Ballots Billed as 'the largest non-political election in the world,' from 1970 to 2014, Major League Baseball allowed fans to determine the starters for the annual All-Star Game using punch-out ballots. (The wisdom of such a system is certainly debatable.) Shown here is the 1977 All-Star ballot. During those 45 seasons paper ballots and ballot boxes were available at all MLB and minor league ballparks, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and often at stores that carried official MLB-endorsed products. There was also a mail-in provision. In March 2015, however, MLB announced the discontinuation of paper ballots. This did not mean that fans could no longer vote; they just had to do it online. In 2015 MLB cited stats that showed far more fans were voting online than by paper ballot since the internet option became available.
Tags: MLB  All-Star  ballot  paper 
Added: 23rd June 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-06-22 
I admit I used to enjoy punching out the little squares between innings, but I'd rather not have fans determine the starters for the ASG--especially since the game became meaningful. (Since 2003 the winning league has gotten home-field advantage in the World Series). Fans generally make biased choices rather than informed choices. I want to see the best players, period.
Posted by: Steve on 2015-06-24 
I voted many times with these!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-06-24 
When the ushers would distribute ASG ballots at the ballpark, there was always a certain amount of fans who would have no interest in the ballots and discard them. I'd pick them up and mark them along with mine. At the end of the game I'd often pick up 20 or 30 ballots, fill them out at home, and take them to the next game to be deposited in the ballot box. I'd also vote the maximum allowable times on the Internet.

Despite my zealous participation, I still wish they'd leave the ASG voting to the baseball media.
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