Thursday, October 26, 2006

Is your vote worth some discount coupons?

Talmadge Heflin is protesting that a Vietnamese community organization is giving discount coupons to people who vote at an early voting location. State law prohibits selling your vote but is silent on merchants or others who offer rewards to people who vote but don't specify a candidate or issue.

In the last election in Pasadena as a member of a campaign organization we gave water and drinks and cookies to people coming out of the polling location just for voting. Arizona is considering a Voter Lotto where some voter could win a million dollars for voting.

A complication in the Vo - Heflin coupon scandal is that the Vietnamese organization offering the coupons had previously endorsed Vo.

Developing story....

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