The Supreme Court has recently given its blessing to big-money contributions to candidates as part of free speech. Conservatives have rejoiced. OK, so let’s try another use of the greenback for elections. Let’s use some of our political contributions to pay unregistered, eligible voters to go to the polls. Canvas neighborhoods with the offer of $25 or $50 for every new voter who registers and then casts a ballot. Mind you, this is not buying votes for a particular candidate. The new voter can vote for anyone he or she chooses.
I’m sure that this “incentive” might have a great impact on some and would add to the number of participants in our democracy. More participation is good, right?
Not quite. I’m also sure that those who applaud big-money contributions would be outraged at the plan. Wealthy donors might have a more difficult time getting the results they want with their free speech money. But money is now on the table. Let’s spread the wealth!