The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

How to raise voter turnout.

From Professor Tufte:

[George Washington] distributed "28 gallons of rum, 50 gallons of rum punch, 34 gallons of wine, and 46 gallons of beer" to the 400 eligible voters while campaigning for election to the House of Burgesses in 1758.

That works out to 9 shots of rum, 3 glasses of punch, 2 glasses of wine, and a pint of beer for everyone. With that much hooch in them, they probably voted for Christine Gregoire too.

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