CHEVIOT HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles city officials Thursday are considering the idea of a big cash lottery prize as a way to boost voter turnout.
In an effort to get more people to vote, the city ethics commission is recommending that the City Council consider offering a cash lottery prize to voters.READ MORE: Super Lotto Ticket Worth $38 Million Sold At Santa Clarita Gas Station
KCAL9’s Dave Bryan spoke with a member of the city ethics commission about the panel’s recommendation.
“Anyone who votes is eligible to win a certain percentage of money,” said Jessica Levinson, ethics commissioner. “I mean, maybe its $25,000; its up to $100,000.”READ MORE: Woman, 4 Children Shot And Killed In Lancaster Home
Some critics, however, believe a voter lottery is not the answer, due to the idea of bribery and people voting for the sake of winning a prize.
“That’s one of the concerns, honestly, that I raised today in the meeting,” Levinson said. “When you do have these types of systems, people do end up oftentimes educating themselves before going to the polls.”
City Council President Herb Wesson plays a key role in the decision of the proposal and is eagerly waiting for this debate and public discussion about the issue.MORE NEWS: Man Killed After Large Tree Topples Onto Encino Home
Bryan said Wesson will not endorse the idea until he has more information on the proposal.