Talk about bribing the voters…
…or is it the people voting themselves largesse from the public treasury…
AZ ballot could be ticket for $1M prize
Voters get chance to decide if they want election lottery
By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 06.30.2006
PHOENIX — There’s going to be a new reason for Arizonans to go to the polls this year: They could win $1 million.
The Secretary of State’s Office certified Thursday that backers of the voter lottery plan had submitted more than enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
But the measure is worded in a way to actually encourage people to vote both in the primary this September as well as two months later when the actual initiative will be on the ballot. If it is approved in November, it will be retroactive: One lucky person who voted in this year’s primary and another who cast a ballot in the general election each will get $1 million.
But the Onion probably has the best take on it. The winners are the politicians and losers are the people…
Scratch ‘N Win Ballots To Debut In November
July 19, 2006 | Issue 42•29
WASHINGTON, DC—In an effort to increase voter participation while generating additional revenue, several state election boards announced plans Monday to introduce new Scratch ‘N Win ballots in November, giving citizens the chance to win the right to vote in the 2006 elections.
“Our research shows that citizens over the age of 55 had traditionally found our ballots confusing and disorienting, but ever since we introduced Scratch ‘N Win ballots, they seem to enjoy and understand voting more than ever,” Hossler said. “Oftentimes, they’ll buy up to 20 ballots at once.”
Those who play and fail to win any votes may not be completely disenfranchised, as many states are implementing a mail-in program in which the losing ballots will be entered into a drawing to win a possible three-fifths vote, redeemable at next year’s county-level elections.
Officials at the U.S. Federal Election Commission stressed that voting should be used for entertainment purposes only, saying that the actual odds of a citizen making a difference are 1 in 440,000.
Reality…What a concept!!!
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.” — Alexander Tyler