A group in Arizona has pioneered what may turn out to be the greatest tool for promoting socialist redistributionist government in this country since income tax withholding: Having the government pay people to vote.
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.
A number of people have made the obvious point: just how informed is the incremental voter who votes only because of this lottery ticket incentive really going to be? I think most people's answer is "not". The backers of the referendum poo-poo this concern, but do any of you really share this man's confidence:
Osterloh said he believes that providing a carrot for would-be voters would
increase participation in the democratic process. The Tucson physician dismissed
concerns that the kind of people who would vote solely for a chance to win the
lottery are likely to be ill-informed about the candidates and the issues."Once they decide they're going to vote, they will study the issues and
candidates," he said. "And they will vote in their own enlightened
However, I am even more concerned because the incremental voter will be someone whose interest in the government is only as a source of money. The new process will attract people who believe, and in fact train people to believe, that the purpose of voting is to direct money from the government to oneself. I am convinced that the incremental voter attracted by this approach will tend to be strongly redistributionist, and further I believe that the backers of the plan know it.