Want More Voters? Pay Them

Why punish people who don't vote when you could reward them instead?

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President Barack Obama recently mooted the idea of making voting mandatory, as a means of increasing turnout. It’s true that U.S. citizens are less likely to go to the polls than those of many (not all) other democracies. Nevertheless, with all due respect to the president, I don’t much like his idea. And if getting more people to the polls is the goal, I have a better suggestion.

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