"The board of directors strongly believes the BBWAA has done an excellent job at reviewing candidates for election each year since 1936," said Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in a statement. "The board feels that the changes enacted over the last two years ensure that the highest levels of integrity are maintained in the voting process, with the most active electorate possible considering candidates for Hall of Fame election."
Beginning in late August, each voter must register online in order to be considered for participation in the 2016 voting process.
Last year, the Hall of Fame made the first changes to the voting process since 1991, reducing the maximum length of a player's stay on the ballot from 15 to 10 years, and requiring eligible voters to complete a registration form and sign a code of conduct. Names of the members casting ballots also were made public with the election results, though those names were not attached to individual ballots.
Those eligible to vote for 2016 will receive their ballot in early November. The election results will be announced on Jan. 6, 2016. New names on the ballot will include Ken Griffey, Jr. and Trevor Hoffman, who will join holdovers such as Mike Piazza and Jeff Bagwell.
Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.