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Make your voice heard: Less than one week of All-Star voting to go

Once upon a time, a group of North American heroes gathered in a room and decided two very important things.

1. Anchovies are not an acceptable pizza topping.

2. It was time to be free. Free to govern ourselves and elect whichever All-Stars that we wanted. 

We're not talking about July 4, 1776, but just the same it was about our freedom to elect representatives. Let's do this. 

With less than a week left to cast your ballot for the All-Star Game -- which will be played in Cincinnati on July 14 -- it's time to make those Founding Fathers proud and get out the vote. Make your voice heard. And ensure that when you turn on the TV that night or show up to your seat in Great American Ball Park, the players you want to watch are there.

After all, there are a number of extremely tight races for the contest -- Miguel Cabrera holds a slim lead over Eric Hosmer, Josh Donaldson is closing the gap on Mike Moustakas (and his performance on Wednesday will certainly help), Jose Altuve is quickly gaining ground on Omar Infante, and Buster Posey is battling Yadier Molina. Even better, those are only some of the races where you can make a direct impact in the final week. 

Vote using the Esurance All-Star Game ballot here

So just in case you needed any more inspiration, here's some help. Just listen to what Mickey said in Rocky: 

"The fact that you're here and voting as often as you are gives me -- what do you call it -- motivization? Huh? To stay alive, 'cause I think that people die sometimes when they don't wanna vote no more."

Or Eminem asked in "8 Mile:"

"Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity
To vote for every player you ever wanted. In one moment
Would you capture it, or just let it slip?"

Or, as the classic Jock Jam by Technotronic posited: 

"Yo! Pump up the vote
Pump it up
While your clicks are clicking
And the All-Stars are pumping
Look ahead, the crowd is jumpin'"

And who doesn't remember this memorable moment from Bill Pullman: 

"Perhaps its fate that today is the 14th of July, and you will once again be fighting for freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution -- but from annihilation.

We're fighting for our right to vote for All-Stars, to watch great baseball."

Of course, we can't forget the iconic scene in "Shawshank Redemption," when we're told to "Get busy voting or get busy dying." 

So make your voice heard. Keep your composure. And vote -- just be sure to get your ballots in by 11:59 pm ET on July 2nd. And remember that you can make you can really make an impact by voting up to 35 times.