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The Baseball All-Star Game Is No Icon of Honest Voting

A pile of batting practice baseballs sit on the grass during a workout before a MLB baseball spring training exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., March 8, 2009. (Steve Nesius/Reuters)

There are any number of ironies to Major League Baseball using the All-Star Game as a club to demand that Georgia write election laws exactly the way Georgia Democrats want them written. One of those ironies is that the All-Star Game is itself a notorious festival of open ballot-box stuffing — and sometimes worse — with a long history of controversies about the integrity of the vote, in which MLB has battled for years to keep up with efforts to abuse its voting system.

The most infamous example came in 1957, when fans of the Cincinnati Reds (a third-place team at

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