This is a very stupid idea.Time.com said:In Los Angeles, as in many cities, voter turnout for local elections tends to be pathetic. In 2013, only 16% of registered voters weighed in on an election that would help determine the city council, mayor, school board, and a potential tax increase. In other words, 84% of registered voters didnt bother to vote. And the number of potential voters is much higher, of course, since plenty of eligible voters arent registered.
The results of a special school board election held earlier this week in L.A. were even more embarrassing: As few as 8% of voters actually voted.
To get people more involvedand prevent further embarrassmentthe city is now considering a pilot program that would use lottery-type cash prizes as enticement to get locals to participate in elections. The Los Angeles Times reported that on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the city council begin offering cash prizes to voters randomly as soon as next year. Maybe its $25,000 maybe its $50,000, said [Ethics] Commission President Nathan Hochman. Thats where the pilot program comes into figure out what number and amount of prizes would actually get people to the voting box.
What say you?