Marks for votes
If you vote in the Uttar Pradesh election, your child will be given extra marks at scho0l:
In a unique first, many schools in the city [of Lucknow] have decided to award extra marks to students whose parents will cast vote in the assembly election.
The idea has been mooted to encourage the urban electorate to exercise their franchise. Principal, Christ Church College, Rakesh Chattree said: “Parents fulfill most of the demands of their child. And when it comes to incentives in schools, they will definitely come out and vote. Our only aim in giving extra marks is to increase the voter turnout.”
I regard the purpose of democracy to be reaching higher quality political decisions and not voting per se. Incentivising voters in this manner definitely degrades the quality of the voting pool since the new voters are less likely to be informed/aware and so I’m opposed to incentivisation. But it’s a very interesting experiment and we shouldn’t forget it in a hurry.
(Via Marginal Revolution)