Cash for Vote(r)s

August 19th, 2014

This seems to be the week for dumb ideas about better ways to do politics. First this, and now this:

On Southern California Public Radio, Fernando Guerra, a researcher at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, suggested a radical solution to increasing voter turnout: Enter all voters automatically into a $1 million lottery.

"Wouldn't we get a lot of people who know nothing about politics or the candidates jumping in and voting and just checking the box so they could get a million bucks?" the radio host asked Guerra.

"Absolutely," Guerra responded. But, he added, that might not be a bad thing. "That might produce better results. There is no data to show that uninformed voters make worse decisions than informed voters."

Let's just hear that last line again…

There is no data to show that uninformed voters make worse decisions than informed voters.

Good to know…

[Via The Risks Digest Volume 28: Issue 18]

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One Response to “Cash for Vote(r)s”

  1. Kris Says:

    It's not that different than Australia's mandatory voting. Here you get (theoretically) fined if you don't turn up at a voting station on the day and get your name crossed off. Granted, from what I've heard there are a number of excuses you can give as to why you didn't (was out of the country, etc). And people who don't want to vote or don't care to vote can always turn up and then scratch the ballot. And having experienced both systems, I think I prefer the one where the majority of the citizenry actually do participate in the democracy (even when that results in Tony Abbott)…