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LA Considers Paying People To Vote To Increase Turnout

From an unfazed Washington Post:

Can paying people to vote increase voter turnout? L.A.’s looking into it and the answer is yes.

By Hunter Schwarz | August 19, 2014

… The Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday for Wesson to look into various ways to increase turnout, including cash incentives like a lottery.

The idea is just in the “incubation process,” Wesson said, with nothing approaching even an actual proposal, but there’s data to suggest paying people to vote increases turnout.

A study conducted in 2010 in Lancaster, Calif., in northern Los Angeles County, by Fordham University professor Costas Panagopoulos found nominal incentives like a few bucks don’t do much to increase turnout, but a few more dollars is enough of an incentive to convince a larger percentage of people to vote.

A study conducted in 2010 in Lancaster, Calif., in northern Los Angeles County… a few bucks don’t do much to increase turnout, but a few more dollars is enough of an incentive to convince a larger percentage of people to vote.

So they have already tried this in LA County. Where was the outrage? Heck, where was the reporting?

Rewarding voters with anything more than an “I Voted” sticker can prove controversial (the California Democratic Party was criticized in 1999 for offering free chicken dinners to voters in a state legislature primary election, despite it being technically legal)…

Probably the only ‘controversy’ was giving away racist chicken dinners.

[B]ut in a 1994 study, it was argued paying people to vote is no different than compensating people for jury duty.

Jury duty pay is only supposed to offset transportation costs.

Christian Grose, an associate professor of political science at USC, said he thinks cash incentives could “potentially make people more likely to vote,” but argued it would be wise for the city to test it out on a small scale before any decisions would be made…

Good idea. Maybe they could start with Compton and Watts, just as a limited experiment.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “LA Considers Paying People To Vote To Increase Turnout”

  1. Reality Bytes

    What happened to getting money out of elections? Talk about a conflict of interest.

  2. Where is California going to get the money to pay voters? Isn’t California broke? Where will the cash come from? The pay of first responders? The pay of Police and Firemen? And will Children, women and minoritys not suffer the most?

    The California braintrust at work. Who is running that state… oh right… Moonbeam. Never mind.

  3. As usual, the moonbats in CA have it backwards. Don’t pay people to vote, levy fines on people who don’t vote. That’s what they do in Australia and they had a reported 94% voter turnout in the last federal election.

    Now, I think it’s a terrible idea. We already have enough idiots voting, let’s not encourage the rest.

  4. Does that include Republicans?

  5. dasher

    : ))))))

    Thanks for the laugh GetBackJack….

    D.


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