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If they paid us to vote, what would be a fair price?


I got an email (didn't read it very carefully) that made it sound like a vote was worth $7. I guess an hour at minimum wage might be about right. I'm not asking what it would cost for you to vote for any particular candidate, just what amount would be sure to motivate you to get to the polls and cast a vote for someone?

 

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Amy (StandingJaguar) says

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    Karen (WritingPrompts) 4 years ago

    My employer has never paid me to vote. :(

    But essentially you are saying your current hourly wage * 2 is a fair price then?


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    Karen (WritingPrompts) 4 years ago

    Also interesting - but everyone gets (or loses) that whether they vote or not. If we had 100% turnout, do you think it would help 3rd party candidates at all? What if they paid us $20 to go vote instead of allowing candidates to advertise?

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    Karen (WritingPrompts) 4 years ago

    Interesting way to look at it, but then everyone gets "paid" whether they vote or not. I'm really thinking more of the time spent by a particular individual to go, stand in line, mark their ballot, and come back.

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    Karen (WritingPrompts) 4 years ago

    Lots of people don't manage to do that civic duty - more than half if I remember the stats right. So why is it wrong to ask what would get more people to show up a the polls?


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    Karen (WritingPrompts) 4 years ago

    Hmmm... amnesty for 5 years worth of votes. Interesting idea. What about revoking citizenship from anyone that doesn't show up? (As someone else mentioned ... civic duty and all that...


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    Karen (WritingPrompts) 4 years ago

    Makes me think of... wasn't it Iraq that gave people cool glow-in-the-dark thumbprints for voting? I'm wondering what kind of gift would get a 100% turnout in November.


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