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Simple. Every person who votes gets a special lottery ticket making them eligible for a 100 or 200 million dollar prize; whatever it takes

Naysayers will say we are trying to "bribe" people to vote. No. We are offering a carrot. The stick people want to fine people for not voting. Very negative. We reward people all the time for doing the right thing. Let Buffet or Gates put up the money or better use some of that $1 check off tax money or a similar check off on tax returns provide the prize. My God, even TED has a prize, and is that considered a bribe? Why shouldn't there be one for voting. People love lotteries and I predict there would be a huge turnout and if not, then keep doubling the prize till the turnout is consistently in the 90% or more category. Anticipating those who will argue against this idea are those who will say that people should not have to be rewarded or enticed to vote. My answer: we are now actively discouraged from voting by such outrages as voting a working days and not having a national holiday to vote. But that would be a whole lot harder to change than simply having a large lotto prize for voting.
And as I said, if the government cannot or will not come up with the prize money, then a few wealthy benefactors can put up the money...and this should include both conservatives and liberals and all in between. If the idea catches on there could be all sorts of consolation prizes like new cars and kitchen appliances etc so corporations can help to "sponsor" not candidates but voting and democracy itself. This ballot box brought to you by GE. Just kidding. And lastly no one is telling anyone who to vote for. You are simply being asked to vote and for exercising your free choice to vote for whomever you like, you get entered into a huge lotto. What could be more enterprising than that.

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    Aug 17 2012: Wow, I understand that the intention is good (getting more Americans to vote) but the method is a bit misguided.

    People should vote because they believe that it is their privilege to be part of a free society and their civic duty to protect that society by exercising their right to vote. It's especially difficult when people from groups that were previously denied this right (women and minorities) don't vote. How many blacks and women died or went to jail in the past to get the right to vote in elections?!?

    Offering a lottery will attract people who are voting only for a prize. I doubt if they will be as informed as people who vote because they are exercising their basic rights. These new voters won't be vested in the outcome.

    I don't know about you, but people who are not taking their right to vote seriously, I'd rather have them forgo voting rather than voting for a chance to win the lotto.
    • Aug 17 2012: I can understand your misgivings, but we have a major problem in the USA right now.

      People don't vote because they believe their vote does not matter. Their vote does not matter, because not enough people are engaged in the democratic process. It is a downward spiral which will end when so few people are voting that each one has excessive power.

      We need a solution, and just telling people they should vote is not working. This idea of using an incentive may not be the ideal situation, but it just might stop that downward spiral and turn it around.

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