The LA Times reports:
Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls.
On a 3-0 vote, the panel said it wanted City Council President Herb Wesson’s Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee to seriously consider the use of financial incentives and a random drawing during its elections, possibly as soon as next year.
I think this is a bad thing, to start paying people to vote. If they will only vote because some pays them to, then they obviously do not care very much.
A survey of young people in NZ found that allowing voting over the Internet would motivate more young people to vote, than paying them $50.