LA Wants to Give Democrats Free Stuff for Voting


Apparently that Democratic majority just isn’t majoritarian enough. Gotta lock it in a little more. What’s next? Free beer for every voter? Isn’t taxing the working people on behalf of non-working people enough? Does the liberal elite have to give out door prizes too?

Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets. With fewer than a fourth of voters showing up for recent local elections, the city’s Ethics Commission voted to recommend that the City Council consider a cash-prize drawing as an incentive to vote.

I love that this proposal comes from the Ethics Commission. It makes it so Orwellian.

Commission President Nathan Hochman said a pilot program should be used first to find out the number and size of prizes that would bump up turnout.

“Maybe it’s $25,000 maybe it’s $50,000,” Hochman said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “That’s where the pilot program comes in.”

Why not make it $25 billion. It’s the people who lose elections who pay for it these days anyway.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether there was any precedent in other cities or states for such a move, which brings with it questions of propriety and legality.

Federal law prohibits payment for voting, but Ethics Commissioner Jessica Levinson, who is also an attorney and law school professor, says that statute wouldn’t apply to elections without federal races on the ballot.

California law prohibits money or gifts for votes for a particular candidate or measure, or payment to stay away from the polls altogether.

Hochman said the proposed prizes would be for simply entering the voting booth.

“If they truly think there are no good candidates,” he said, “we’re not going to force them.

Of course the kind of voters who need prizes to show up are a self-selecting group. They’re known as Democrats.

The Democrats throw hissy fits and make fantastic claims about voter suppression. Now they’re using government power to bribe a certain group of voters to come and vote for them.

Nothing unethical to see here. It came out of the Ethics Commission.


  • CowboyUp

    On one hand, I thought paying people to vote was illegal. On the other, it says a lot that democrats have to pay their freeloading constituents to vote, and it’s outrageous that they want to use taxpayer money to do it.

    • Pete

      A lottery would show no favoritism. I guess that is where the ethical part comes in.

    • Pete

      I have heard BS session where young highschool and college students (bright ones) have said people should only vote on subjects they have researched.

      So these newly energized voters will vote based on who has a better hair piece?

    • JohnfromToronto

      They already use taxpayer money to get people to vote for them and it is almost as blatant.

  • DogmaelJones1

    I can suggest a number of voting prizes: Free tattoo removals for gang members; English language lessons; library cards; all expenses paid, one-way trips back to the “homeland” the voters love so much they don’t consider themselves U.S. citizens (if they are U.S. citizens. You get the picture.

  • REM1875

    I think my idea to get more voting in l.a. would work better- just put voting booths throughout mexico and central america

  • Gee

    I believe the term they are looking for is vote buying. If I am not mistaken it is a federal felony to give anybody anything for voting in America

  • Jakareh

    Only taxpayers should have the franchise, not welfare cases or mendicants. That’s how it was in the beginning in America and that’s what we need to go back to. If we need to fight a war to make it happen, so be it, because the alternative is to continue to plunge into the abyss.