Calling All Voters: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

The state of Arizona is set to vote on legislation that would automatically enter voters into a lottery to win $1 million in unclaimed lottery funds. NPR has an interview with Dr. Mark Osterloh, former candidate for Governor in Arizona, who is spearheading the legislation.

Thanks to worstweatherever.com for the heads up on this one. I also liked his analysis of what the legislation, if passed, might bring:

I see two things at work here. First, to me the real issue isn’t voter turnout, it’s political apathy that leads to low turnout. This wouldn’t do much more than convince legions of apathetic (and likely uninformed) voters to crash the polls. The other side is the lefty genius. The largest groups of non-voters are young people and ethnic minorities; two groups that predominantly vote Democrat and would also be motivated by a chance for the money.

My take is: the first thing is get people to the polls. This alone, like getting a client to show up for therapy, is half the battle. As they get accustomed to the process of voting, hopefully some of the apathy will abate, and perhaps people will become more informed as they continue to vote, get attuned to the names of candidates, start to think about all those questions they are supposed to have an opinion on, etc.

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2 responses

  1. Happened to catch a segment on this on NPR last night. It was an intriguing idea, to say the least.

    I agree: get people to the polls.

    And, if it happens to help the Progressive cause, well, that’s the proverbial two birds, isn’t it?

  2. That is an interesting idea. There are a lot of them out of AZ these days to make people wealthier.

    I’m working with Coaltion for America’s Priorities, http://www.coalition4americaspriorities.com/ , to spread the word that Senator Frist plans to have the Senate vote on legislation to repeal the estate tax the week of June 6th. Most likely, the bill will be Senator Kyl (R-AZ) S.420.

    Repealing the estate tax would cost $75 billion a year in federal revenue and over a trillion dollars overall. In addition, fewer than 2% of Americans have to pay the estate tax. Is this responsible of the Senate to debate when we are at war, running huge deficits, and have just a few other expenses and priorities? I would urge everyone to contact Senators Chafee and Reed to make sure they know where you stand. Thanks.

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