Whenever someone votes, they voluntarily contribute one nickel to a raffle.
For every 100,000 contributing voters, that’s a pot of $5,000. The more contributing voters, the larger the pot. All who vote and contribute are eligible to participate in a raffle that gives the pot to a lucky winner (or there can be raffles for varying amounts).
A ballot would have to be completely filled out.
This approach would acquaint people with registering, finding their polling place and dealing with a ballot. If large numbers of, say, minority people began voting, politicians would pay more attention to them in order to gain their votes. Courted voters might actually begin to pay attention to whom or what they’re voting for.
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Stephenie J. Frederick