The Lottery Idea
We all know that not everyone who votes in this country is responsible to cast an intelligent vote. I’ve been a supporter of a voter qualification test (somewhat like a driving test) that would test would-be voters on basic political and American knowledge. Don’t know who the first President was? You shouldn’t be deciding who runs this country. Can’t locate Iraq on a map? You shouldn’t be ripping a candidate who wants to send troops there.
But here’s another idea to eliminate some of the voters of questionable intelligence. At every polling place, voters will start in one line, but they will reach a point where that line splits. If you go to the right, you get to fill out a ballot and vote. If you go to the left, then you receive 5 free lottery tickets. If you take the lottery tickets, you don’t vote. The people who would choose the lottery tickets would be exactly the people we don’t want voting anyway.