The first thing a lot of people ask when you want them to do something is "What's in it for me?" When it comes to voting the answer seems to be NOTHING. So they can't be bothered, since another popular argument is that someone else's vote will negate theirs.
As voting percentages slip into the low twenties and nobody has put
forth any solution to the diminishing returns, why not put some good
old fashioned American know how to work?
So I'm thinking we ought to pursue promoitonal incentives. Treat the elections like a carnival of discount events.
Ask Starbuck's to offer free coffee to everyone who has proof that they voted.
McDonald's could offer voters fries and a Coke.
Dunkin Donuts could provide a small bag of donut holes.
Gas stations could give you the first gallon for free. Or a Slim Jim.
For lunch we could go to Subway or Quizno's. Show that proof of
purchase, I mean, proof of voting, and you're good for a six
Free drugs from Walgreen's.
Free Slurpees. Free Ben and Jerry's ice cream.
Ford could give away all the cars that nobody is buying.
Free parking for everyone.
A get out of jail free card for the day.
If you haven't voted in awhile, what would it take to get you to the
polls? Revoking your citizenship? Miss two times and you're on
probation? Miss three and you're toast?