Scratch Off

Here’s an interesting idea. In an effort to increase voter turnout, a group in Arizona has placed a measure on the November ballot which (if approved) will randomly award $1 million to an Arizona voter in every general election. Given Arizona’s population, the vote lottery would offer much greater odds of winning than Powerball. Latino activists see the vote lottery as a potential tool for increasing turnout, although some see the measure as merely encouraging people to go to the polls without any concern over issues or candidates. I think I’d like to see them give you a special scratch off ticket as you exit the polling booth. How satisfying would it be to scratch off 3 George Bushes and win a million bucks? (via New York Times.)