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Election lottery 
30th-Jun-2006 08:59 am
militant owl
Is this a better idea than mandatory voting? There have to be sensible ways to make democracy meaningful.
30th-Jun-2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
I don't think either mandatory voting or an election lottery is a good way to make democracy meaningful. Democracy is only meaningful when each and every person gets a chance to express their opinion. If their opinion is "I don't care enough to vote", so be it. I, personally, don't want people writing down the name of the guy they saw last on TV just so they've got a chance to win a bundle, or because they're being forced to.
30th-Jun-2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
As opposed to elections based on who can get transportation to the polls and hasn't been illegally dropped from the rolls?

The mandatory voting systems I'm familiar with, you are allowed to enter a "no vote". You just have to show up and participate. At least it has the advantage that the choice would reflect the electorate rather than which party has the best get-out-the-vote machinery.

The current US system pisses me off no end.
30th-Jun-2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
Heh. Considering Arizona's voter apathy led to the election of Governor Ev "aliens are scanning my brain with laser beams" Meecham by only 7% of the eligible voting population, I'd say if it works, give it a try.

But only if the money isn't taken from education. Arizona public schools are near the bottom of the list as far as per-student spending. Take the money from municipal golf instead. Nobody needs to be maintaining golf greens in the middle of a desert.
30th-Jun-2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
Think how challenging a native Arizona golf course would be... one giant sand trap! It'd draw pros like flies.
30th-Jun-2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! With lots of nice prickly cacti in the rough. They could market it as "extreme golf".
30th-Jun-2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Hard to believe they haven't already. Something about how the ball sits on grass vs. sand, perhaps?
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