I'm a voter, and I've voted every year since 2005. Always voting for 7-10 players, maybe it was 6 one year. Solo not getting in on the first ballot isn't a crime. Shit like that happens all the time, especially with controversial figures. I think she should have gotten in, and I'm very interested in hearing from even one voter who left her off the ballot as to why - especially considering that every voter that I've seen that has published their ballot had included her. For the record, here's my ballot: My #NSHOF20 ballot:beckhamcherundolocunninghamhartmanholidaymarkgrafmorenoralstonruizsolo#mlscareersshouldcount— Andy Mead - Confirmed Mask Wearer (@theAndyMead) March 25, 2020 The are serious problems with the NSHOF Player Ballot election process, and I know that they're planning on completely revamping the system. 1) Complete and utter lack of transparency. I'm not talking about publishing ballots, I'm talking about letting us know who can vote. There are broad categories, some that tell us specific info (MLS/NWSL coaches with 4 years, Don Garber, moving forward Lisa Baird, living Hall of Famers), but in general it's pretty opaque. If I never mentioned it, I doubt anyone would know I'm a voter - or that I actually exercise the ballot. 2) People don't actually vote. I'm not sure that the NSHOF has ever gotten 40% voter participation. I believe the "big four" Halls of Fame are all around 95%. In some of those, your vote is use it or lose it. When Michelle Akers was elected, only 73 people returned ballots. 3) Overlap. The Verterans Ballot is voted on by living Hall of Famers. Those Hall of Famers also get Player Ballots. Given how few actual voters there are, I'm not sure that's a good thing. I'm also not sure its not a good thing. 4) Silo voting. This makes sense, but its a problem. If you follow only the womens game, what do you know about Steve Cherundolo or Jaime Moreno. If you only follow the MNT, do MLS players even register with you, or anyone below the 2 or 3 current "name" WNT players? I, myself, early in my voting career let a couple legacy players go through without me voting for them as their achievements were basically from indoor soccer - which I know bupkis about beyond the San Diego Sockers, the Kansas City Comets, Preki, and Tatu. And even then, not enough to make an informed decision. Silo voting also makes getting a broad spectrum total of 67% much more difficult. 5) Median votes per ballot. Per Steve Goff (but refuted off the record to me) a bunch of living Hall of Famers only voted for 1 person. Mathematically (my training) if you have even a small block of ballots with 1-4 votes (instead of say 8-10), it becomes increasingly difficult to reach 67%. It's not the average votes/ballot, but the total number of low vote ballots that is the key here. Frankly, depending on the number of eligible candidates and the distribution of votes/ballot, 67% may be way too high of a target. But this comes back to transparency. It's just not possible to do the math without more anonymized data. ------ And all the above don't really matter in the end. Hope Solo and the other players that the current system are going to put in the Hall of Fame are all going to get there. Maybe it's fourth try. Maybe it's the Veterans Ballot. They'll get in. For me the more foundational problem is who is actually getting in. The current (since 2004) system holds absolutely zero value for domestic U.S. club soccer. The debate could be whether or not this should be the case, but I don't think that debate really matters, because at the end of the day Halls of Fame aren't some "on high" noble place. They are marketing engines. And what is the biggest soccer marketing engine in the United States - and growing? MLS. If the National Soccer Hall of Fame doesn't find a way to make a domestic club career sufficient for entry into the Hall of Fame, then MLS will eventually - for marketing and promotion reasons - create their own, and given MLS's incentive and the fact that the NSHOF is the red-headed stepchild of U.S. Soccer, it will quickly make the NSHOF irrelevant. Do I expect that to pass? No, eventually something will give. Clark Hunt didn't spend all those tens of millions of dollars building a new Hall of Fame into FC Dallas's stadium in Frisco to see the investment torched. And as much as you'll here from folks like me about Steve Ralston and Jaime Moreno. Or Kelly Smith and possibly eventually McCall Zerboni or Jessica McDonald. The individual players aren't what really matters, but eventually the Hall of Fame will have to recognize that a full and amazing and successful domestic club career is sufficient. There are plenty of non USMNT NASL players in the Hall of Fame (a few inducted under the current system via the Veterans Ballot), there has to be room for if not Jaime Moreno, then Diego Valeri.