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Look: Associated Press Announces Major Change To NFL MVP Voting

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For decades, the Associated Press has voted on its NFL Most Valuable Player Award, All-Pro Team and other awards through a singular, all-in-on-one-player system. But that system is changing this year.

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On Friday, the AP announced that instead of a single, all-in ballot for any position or award, voters will use a ranked choice system. For NFL MVP, each voter will name five candidates, ranking them first through fifth with a weighted system determining the winner.

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As for the other awards, voters will name three candidates for each. Per AP global sports editor Ricardo Zuniga, the change is part of an effort to create a more accurate and fair voting system to reflect voter preferences.

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“The essence of the AP NFL Awards remains the same – to recognize the top performers of the season,” Zuniga said. “Our goal is to provide the voters with an accurate and fair voting system to reflect their preferences. These tweaks will help them in their selection process.” 

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No voting system is perfectly equitable, but in many countries and an increasing number of locations in the United States, ranked choice voting is the primary method of electing politicians to public office. 

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The drawback is that it's probably going to result in a number of players who had the most initial No. 1 selections ultimately lose the award. 

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