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Baseball will no longer use paper ballots for All-Star voting

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The Internet has claimed another victim.

Bloomberg News reported that Major League Baseball is moving its All-Star balloting completely online. That means the paper ballots used at stadiums for such a very long time (my lifetime) are now history.

Bloomberg reported that team presidents received a memo from Bob Bowman, baseball’s president for business and media, who said online voting accounted for more than 80 percent of ballots cast last season.

The memo also stated that more than 16 million paper ballots went unused, according to Bloomberg.

“We therefore have made the decision to go green, while also saving the cost of managing an offline program,” Bowman wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News.

This year’s All-Star Game is on July 14 in Cincinnati.

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