More Voter Participation, Here’s Another Idea


To increase voter turnout, Nathan Hatchman, head of Los Angles Ethics Commission, has suggested entering people who vote into a lottery for cash prizes.

It could work, but it could also inspire those with a vested interest in the outcome — either for a particular candidate or ballot measure — to figure out how to run their own lottery scheme.

Given the Legislature’s willingness to cater to lobbyists, this may not be as far-fetched as some might think.

In our view, a better start would be to simplify the entire process and to make voting more convenient.

Since a sample ballot is already sent to every registered voter, why not send an official Vote-By-Mail ballot at the same time?

We already have the names and addresses for every voter in a precinct, so why not send an official precinct worker with a locked box to pick up voter ballots?

We know there is bound to be objections to each of these suggestions, but just like Hatchman’s lottery proposal, either of the suggestions could add to the votes cast without having to pay voters off with illusions of prize money.

There are countless other ideas to increase voter participation, you may even have a few, so at the very least, we hope our suggestions get you thinking about what it will take to get you to vote in the next election.

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