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Rock (Out) the Vote! Parties and Prizes Raise Voter Turnout

Cast a vote! Win a prize! English voters may soon have motivation to cast a vote that goes beyond civic duty. One official wants to enter voters into a raffle when they cast a ballot in local elections. She hopes it would lead to high turnout and overall community engagement.

About 150 years ago, Americans spent election day enjoying free (alcoholic) beverages and live entertainment with friends. These parties, along with the 90 percent voter turnout, remain in the past.

But, a recent test study conducted by Yale University political scientists found that well-advertised parties at the polls substantially increased voter turnout in a local election.

Does celebratory or solemn make for a better polling mood? Would you worry that "incentives" could send the wrong message or get partisan?

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True-Song True-Song 8 years
Ditto and ditto. I don't support encouraging people to vote just to vote. I get annoyed by campaigns like "Rock the Vote" because if you don't care, and you're not informed, why vote? We don't want people going in and choosing at random just to pull the lever. I thought at first this was going to be about election night parties which I totally support. Super Tuesday is just as much an excuse to gather 'round the tv with friends and dip as the Super Bow.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 8 years
I agree an incentive shouldn't be a reason to vote. However, I think a non-partisan "party at the polls" would be a good idea in areas where people are less likely to vote because of inconvienece.. ex: rural voters having to drive into town. Or lunch hour parties in cities for workers who may only have their lunch break to vote.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
"If the only reason your voting is because of an incentive than presumably you may not even be informed about the canidates. And while every one has the right to vote, I would certainly prefer if those who do are doing it because they have an opinion not because they want a prize."Amen, Em. That is exactly what I was going to say, and you have saved me the time!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
"If the only reason your voting is because of an incentive than presumably you may not even be informed about the canidates. And while every one has the right to vote, I would certainly prefer if those who do are doing it because they have an opinion not because they want a prize." Amen, Em. That is exactly what I was going to say, and you have saved me the time!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
But this was to honor you! We had cupcakes for the 4th, and I had to laugh, because I was thinking I was eating a Cabaker... :)
amybdk amybdk 8 years
there's too much changing of avatars this week. i can't handle it! :faint:
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Dave!!! COPIER!!!! Oh we are SO through!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Dave!!! COPIER!!!!Oh we are SO through!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Steph you didn't donuts last time? After I walked out of the booth there were people with donuts and you could grab one! I think it was boy scouts or something, or someone doing a fund raiser...
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Ahh, well, thanks (??) ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Ahh, well, thanks (??) ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
I wouldn't mind if someone handed me a Coke while I was waiting to vote.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
No Dave there are plenty of other comments one could use if looking for proof that you are easy! :)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Hey, I'm willing to vote for the candidate who buys me the most beer and pizza. I can be bought. (Does that make me easy?)
gigill gigill 8 years
I was going to say exactly what cabaker27 wrote...parties just shouldn't be necessary anymore and seem too partisan.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I can see how this would be a good idea in a new democacy, a place like Iraq or something, to get them intersted and used to the idea not to mention to show them that its safe, but in an indultrialized nation with hundreds of years of safe and fair elections? Nope.
chasingjamie chasingjamie 8 years
That's what I was going to say, Em. I think people would just pick a name on a ballot to get the prize, and I'd much rather have a lower voter turn out if most of them will be informed.
em113 em113 8 years
you're* grammar police!
em113 em113 8 years
you're* grammar police!
em113 em113 8 years
If the only reason your voting is because of an incentive than presumably you may not even be informed about the canidates. And while every one has the right to vote, I would certainly prefer if those who do are doing it because they have an opinion not because they want a prize.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Why isn't a country being run the way you want it to be not incentive enough?I don't like this idea at all!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Why isn't a country being run the way you want it to be not incentive enough? I don't like this idea at all!
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