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  1. #1 Paying people to vote proposed in Los Angeles 
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    Paying people to vote proposed in Los Angeles
    http://americanthinker.com/blog/2014...o_angeles.html

    By Thomas Lifson

    Buying votes is illegal, yet the misnamed Los Angeles Ethics Commission is proposing to pay people to vote, in the form of lottery prizes. David Zahniser of the Los Angeles Times reports:

    Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls.

    On a 3-0 vote, the panel said it wanted City Council President Herb Wesson's Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee to seriously consider the use of financial incentives and a random drawing during its elections, possibly as soon as next year.

    Depending on the source of city funds, the idea could require a ballot measure. Commissioners said they were unsure how big the prizes should be or how many should be offered, saying a pilot program should first be used to test the concept.

    This is a terrible idea whose time probably has come. The notion that indifferent people, who donít care enough about civic affairs to inform themselves, should be lured to the voting booth is stupid. Voting is a responsibility, and if someone doesnít really care about issues, why should he or she be encouraged to vote? That vote will cancel the vote of someone who does care about politics and did the homework necessary to vote intelligently.

    Of course, there is a method to this madness. The progressives have cultivated the process of emotional appeals to the poorly-informed, and depend on ignorance for their power.

    High voter turnout is uncritically accepted as a good thing. It long past time for us to launch a counter-campaign, emphasizing that causal voting is stupid. ďIf you donít care, donít bother votingĒ should be the slogan to encourage responsible voting.
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    I prefer "if you don't know, don't bother"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    I prefer "if you don't know, don't bother"
    This HAS to be unconstitutional. You can't pay people for their votes. And in California it's so damned easy to vote: you can be "permanent absentee" and they send a ballot to your house with every election. How freaking hard is that??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    This HAS to be unconstitutional. You can't pay people for their votes. And in California it's so damned easy to vote: you can be "permanent absentee" and they send a ballot to your house with every election. How freaking hard is that??
    Republicans can't pay people to vote. Democrats can do whatever they want. Oh, and they already pay people to vote. It's called welfare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    Republicans can't pay people to vote. Democrats can do whatever they want. Oh, and they already pay people to vote. It's called welfare.
    But there's plausible deniability there.
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    A round here democrat voters have been getting paid to vote since I was a kid. The going price in the 50's was $1. It is now $5, inflation, you know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyJeb View Post
    A round here democrat voters have been getting paid to vote since I was a kid. The going price in the 50's was $1. It is now $5, inflation, you know.
    I sometimes don't know why I bother. My votes are being cancelled out by scum.
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    Can I pay them to stay home?
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    Los Angeles Ethics Commission should be changed to Los Angeles NoEthics Commission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    I sometimes don't know why I bother. My votes are being cancelled out by scum.
    I don't vote anymore in elections. There are too many greedy takers voting for the side that gives the most free stuff away, rendering my vote absolutely worthless.
    Solve a man's problem with violence and help him for a day. Teach a man how to solve his problems with violence, help him for a lifetime - Belkar Bitterleaf
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