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Only in America: Cast a ballot, win a prize

Los Angeles considers using cash prizes to get people to vote — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

With just 23 percent of eligible voters showing up for last year's mayoral election, Los Angeles officials are considering cash prizes to attract more people to the polls. Ethics Commission President Nathan Hochman said voters could qualify for a random drawing for up to $50,000. "What the studies have shown," he said, "is if you get the people to voting booths, over time, they will vote for someone."