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The skinny: L.A. considers lottery prize for voting

$25,000? $50,000?

L.A. considers lottery prize for voting

Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets. With fewer than a fourth of voters showing up for recent local elections, the city's Ethics Commission voted to recommend that the City Council consider a cash-prize drawing as an incentive to vote. Commission President Nathan Hochman said a pilot program should be used to find out the number and size of prizes that would bump up turnout. "Maybe it's $25,000, maybe it's $50,000," Hochman said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "That's where the pilot program comes in." The Thursday vote was unanimous. The issue moves to a committee headed by City Council President Herb Wesson, who said he's intrigued by the idea but wants to hear what "legal beagles" and others think.

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Rocks, canyons, and a symphony

The Utah Symphony hopes to complement the beauty of Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons with free desert performances this weekend. The 75-piece orchestra was set to perform Friday near Bryce Canyon and today near Zion National Parks, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Instead of concert hall seats, the audience has been asked to bring chairs or blankets to sit on the grass or rocky ground.

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The skinny: L.A. considers lottery prize for voting 08/15/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 15, 2014 9:50pm]
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