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Officials want LA to consider using prizes to get voters to the polls

Posted August 15th, 2014 @ 7:42am

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The Los Angeles Ethics Commission has voted to recommend that the City Council consider using prizes to lure voters to the polls on Election Day.

The Los Angeles Times says the move comes after officials learned about 23 percent of voters turned out for the last mayoral election.

Commissioners aren’t sure yet how big the prizes should be, but they say a trial could be done as soon as next year.

“Federal law prohibits people from accepting payment in exchange for voting.” But Ethics Commissioner Jessica Levinson told the Times “that statute would not apply in an election where there are no federal positions on the ballot.”

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