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Voting for dollars?

Arizona LotteryArizona Lottery: Voting for dollars?

Doing your civic duty could become much more lucrative under an initiative filed Wednesday that seeks to turn Arizona elections into a statewide game of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

The initiative, filed by former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Osterloh of Tucson, would reward one lucky voter with $1 million from the State Lottery every two years.

"We're rewarding patriotism,"said Osterloh, who's aiming for the November 2004 ballot.

"The idea behind this is to increase voter participation from well below 50 percent to above 90 percent."

Osterloh's group, Arizonans for Voter Rewards and Education Funding, also filed a second initiative that would force the Legislature to pour nearly $2 billion more into the public school system to bring per-pupil education spending up to the national average. Arizona ranked 49th in spending in the most recent Education Week "Quality Counts" ranking at $5,487 per pupil.

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2 comments. Last comment 14 years ago by vincejr.
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United States
Member #379
June 5, 2002
11296 Posts
Posted: July 31, 2003, 4:49 am - IP Logged
I see a potential problem with this idea:

You need be just 18 to vote, but 21 for buying AZ lottery tickets.

    vincejr's avatar - wallace
    Somewhere in VA
    United States
    Member #1944
    July 29, 2003
    130 Posts
    Posted: August 1, 2003, 5:52 am - IP Logged

    Another potential problem would be with the confidentiality of the voting process. They would have to set up a system to go off of the voting rolls and not use the actual ballots.

    Otherwise, I think that this may be an interesting twist on getting out the vote.