Glad to see my Assemblyman, Egan, is working hard on getting voters involved. LOL I have to agree with Corzine, Codey and Cryan who are not coming out in favor of the proposal that voting would make people eligible for unclaimed lottery money . APP:
“I know there’s going to be some folks who will pooh-pooh it, minimize it, but anything we can do to encourage people to vote, we should consider,” said Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan Jr., D-Middlesex, one of the bill’s sponsors. “So many folks at this particular point just don’t pay attention to the process, feel a disconnect, and maybe something like this will have people paying a little bit more attention.”
But don’t start dreaming of parlaying a minute in the voting booth into riches. Little support is expected.
“I appreciate any attempt to increase voter participation, but I don’t think rewards are a way to go,” said Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, D-Union, the Democratic Party’s state chairman. “Civic responsibility and the impact government has on people’s lives should be enough of a motivating factor.”
Republican Party state chairman Tom Wilson was less diplomatic.
“That is a ridiculous idea,” Wilson said. “With all due respect, I think we’ve got a lot bigger problems to deal with and a lot better ways to spend $1 million in New Jersey than on creating a voter lottery.”
A spokesman for Gov. Corzine said the governor is focused on addressing the state’s property tax problem.
“I’m pretty sure most New Jerseyans would rather see significant and sustainable property tax relief,” Corzine spokesman Anthony Coley said via e-mail…
The proposal calls for the prize to be funded with 20 percent of the unclaimed winnings from the regular state lottery, voluntary donations and investments of the prize fund. Prizes would be $1 million or more, depending on availability of funds. In fiscal year 2005, $30.6 million worth of winnings went unclaimed.
The bill is also sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Egan, D-Middlesex, and co-sponsored by Assemblymen Peter Barnes Jr. and Joseph Vas, both D-Middlesex, and Assemblymen Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, and Frederick Scalera, D-Essex.
And it gives the Repugs a chance to say that Dems have always paid for votes — NY Times. According to their article, Codey reacted ‘coolly’ to the idea.