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Rather than encouraging people to become better citizens, rewards and fines can actually reduce peoples’ natural tendencies to do the right thing by others. from www.shutterstock.com

Voter turnout at New Zealand local elections keeps falling, but paying people to vote could backfire

The idea that a small payment could motivate more people to vote resurfaces regularly, but this ignores evidence that monetary incentives to induce pro-social behaviour can be counterproductive.
Occasional voters don’t respond well to guilt trips when organizations try to encourage them to cast ballots. Research suggests other methods are more successful. Unsplash

How to encourage the occasional voter to cast a ballot

Encouraging people to vote involves changing the discourse. Guilt trips are ineffective.
A voter drops off her election ballot at a drop box in Oregon. Richard Clement/REUTERS

Why Asian Americans don’t vote Republican

Asian Americans are the wealthiest, best-educated and fastest-growing segment of voters in the US. They are also increasingly voting Democratic.

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