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Hilda Solis
The voter turnout conundrum in L.A.
The voter turnout conundrum in L.A.

It's one of the worst ideas we've heard in a long time: Last week, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission floated a plan to offer cash prizes as an incentive to get Angelenos to vote in local elections. Sheer desperation, as far as we can tell, led the commission to propose an election day lottery, with a jackpot of $1,000 or more that might persuade more registered voters to go to the polls. Would it work? Probably. But it's still a bad idea. The folks pushing the lottery concept are well-intentioned and obviously disheartened by Los Angeles' record of terrible voter turnout. Just 23% of registered voters bothered to cast a ballot in last year's mayoral election....

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