L.A. “Voteria” doesn’t pay out in increased turnout

23rd of July 2015

What Democracy Doesn’t Look Like: A $25,000 voting lottery.

Though this event was not sponsored by any level of Los Angeles’s city government, including the School Board itself, it nonetheless marks a sad state of affairs for participatory democracy in America. The contest was initiated largely to spur voter turnout, which in Los Angeles sometimes drops to below 10 percent… the cash prize hardly lured out any more voters than usual, with the election seeing a turnout of only around 10 percent.

But the success or failure of the raffle is besides the point. If this is the only way LA can get voter turnout, that’s a serious indictment of the city’s political culture.


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