BIG WINNERS: Ca$h for Votes in Nevada

(Left) LaCarrie McCloud announces the names of five winners of a $50 raffle “that the Nevada Native Vote Project did today for all those voters who walked in and voted today.” (Right) Bethany Sam, the public relations officer for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, holding up four $100 Visa gift cards as part of a "virtual raffle" for people who prove they voted. (Screenshot/The Epoch Times)

The Neva­da Native Vote Project post­ed pho­tos on Face­book on Elec­tion Day of smil­ing vot­ers hold­ing $25 gift cards after hand­ing over their ballots.

The posts have since been delet­ed but not before they were archived. The removal may have had some­thing to do with the U.S. crim­i­nal code, two dis­tinct sec­tions of which impose fines and prison sen­tences for “who­ev­er makes or offers to make an expen­di­ture to any per­son, either to vote or with­hold his vote.”

Offer­ing gift cards for bal­lots wasn’t the only way the Neva­da Native Vote Project enticed peo­ple to vote. In a video that could be seen on Face­book on Nov. 24, Bethany Sam, the pub­lic rela­tions offi­cer for the Reno–Sparks Indi­an Colony, urged peo­ple to come out and vote by offer­ing “some extra swag that we can give out.”

“We have twen­ty-five $25 gift cards to raf­fle off so that’s a lot of mon­ey in cash here,” Sam said, adding that vot­ers need only send a pho­to of them­selves at the polling place to enter. “We have also four $100 gift cards to give away, so again you want to make sure to get out here and vote. And then, we have four $250 gift cards to raf­fle. And our grand prize is going to be a $500 Visa gift card to the per­son or native vot­ers who came out ear­ly this week for ear­ly voting.”



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