This is actually excellent news, because it shows that the state has fallen to the level of bribing people into participating in their system.
By John Vibes @ Art of Not Being Governed
In the past election, Barack Obama wasn’t actually the real winner. The most votes actually went to no one, because there were more people who stayed home on election day, then there were at the polls. When it comes to local elections those numbers are even smaller.
The general population, especially the younger generation, has largely given up on politics and has no allegiance to any political party. In some areas, local governments are coming up with creative ways to get people more engaged in politics, whether they like it or not.
In Los Angeles for example, they are beginning to consider bribing voters with cash prizes if they would be willing to vote in the local government’s election.
Commission President Nathan Hochman admitted to the Los Angeles Times that city officials understand that people don’t like the candidates, but he wants them to vote anyway.
“If they truly think there are no good candidates, we’re not going to force them,” he said. “What the studies have shown is, if you get people to the voting booths and they’re being incentivized to be there … over time they will vote for someone.”
Hochman also speculated the possibility of giving away tens of thousands of dollars to winners of a state run lottery.
“Maybe it’s $25,000 maybe it’s $50,000,” he said. “That’s where the pilot program comes in — to figure out what … number and amount of prizes would actually get people to the voting box.”
This is actually excellent news, because it shows that the state has fallen to the level of bribing people into participating in their system. It is only a matter of time before people begin withdrawing support and belief from that system.
This article originally appeared at Art of Not Being Governed