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Vote, and win $25,000: It's a losing idea
Vote, and win $25,000: It's a losing idea

Frustrated by the appallingly low turnout in local elections, the nonprofit Southwest Voter Registration Education Project is planning a cash lottery — or voteria — to get voters to the polls for the Los Angeles Board of Education District 5 race. Anyone who legitimately casts a ballot in the May 19 contest between incumbent Bennett Kayser and challenger Ref Rodriguez will be automatically entered into the drawing. After the election is certified, the group will randomly select one person from the voting pool. The winner gets $25,000. The losers are the people who still believe in the integrity of the democratic process. This gimmick perverts the motivation to vote. It...

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