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.